All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (Paperback)

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What I loved about this book was the way it entrenched me in the personal story of people living through one of the most tragic disasters of the modern era: the Chernobyl catastrophe. The writing is just outstanding—I wanted to dog ear page after page for the prose and the author’s insights. Reminiscent in style and tone of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, this debut novel marks the start of a career of a writer worth watching.

— From Emily's Picks


All That Is Solid Melts into Air is a gripping end-of-empire novel, charting the collapse of the Soviet Union through the focalpoint of the Chernobyl disaster. Part historical epic, part love story, it recalls The English Patient in its mix of emotional intimacy and sweeping landscape.

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

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

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

And in a rural village in the Ukraine, a teenage boy wakes up to a sky of the deepest crimson. In the fields, the ears of the 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 end-of-empire novel by a major new talent.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062246875
ISBN-10: 0062246879
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 418
Language: English