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All That is Solid Melts into Air
Darragh Mckeon

Paperback $32.99 - Penguin UK
Fiction - Published: 23/Apr/2014 - ISBN: 9780241003312

Russia, 1986.

In a run-down apartment block in Moscow, a nine-year-old piano prodigy practices silently for fear of disturbing the neighbours.

In a factory on the outskirts of the city, his aunt makes car parts, trying to hide her dissident past.

In the hospital, a surgeon immerses himself in his work to avoid facing his failed marriage.

And in a rural village in Belarus, a teenage boy wakes up to a sky of the deepest crimson. Outside, the ears of his neighbour's cattle are dripping blood. Ten miles away, at the Chernobyl Power Plant, something unimaginable has happened.

Now their lives will change forever.

All That is Solid Melts into Air is an astonishing novel of terrifying beauty that captures the end of an era.

'This daring and ambitious novel blends historical epic and love story with a detailed and moving description of the Chernobyl disaster and the fall of the Soviet Union. A book rich with resonance far beyond its historical moment.' Colm Toibin

'Brilliantly imagined, exhilarating in its sweep; McKeon creates a thrilling appearance of ease, while he delves deep and forges new territory for the contemporary novel. Daring, generous and beautifully written, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air marks the beginning of a truly significant career. I cannot say it loud enough: McKeon is here to stay.' Colum McCann



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