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Darragh McKeon was born in 1979 and grew up in the midlands of Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, and his writing has been shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short Story Award and the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award. This is his first novel.
All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon is an exceptionally moving novel of interwoven lives, set amidst one of the most iconic disasters in living memory. Daring, ambitious, epic, moving . (Colm Toibin). Coloured sheets of paper fall from the sky. This is their first indication that something serious has happened. Each sheet bears a message: you have three hours to evacuate, bring only one suitcase. From their balconies they can see a dark column of smoke rising above the nuclear plant. For the people of Pripyat, these are the last moments they will spend in their homes. For a child piano prodigy, a dissident factory worker, a broken-hearted surgeon and unknowing others, this disaster will change their lives forever... Shocking, vivid...sweeps with epic confidence across lives . (Sunday Independent). Astonishing...A page-turner . (Irish Times). A stunning debut. The reader cannot help but root for a boy genius who, coming from a line of damaged men is now the only hope his mother and aunt have to sustain them. (Guardian). Darragh McKeon was born in 1979 and grew up in the midlands of Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, and lives in New York. This is his first novel.
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.
April 1986, ein kalter Fruhlingsmorgen in Weirussland. Der dreizehnjahrige Artjom darf zum ersten Mal mit den Mannern des Dorfes auf die Jagd gehen. Im Lichte eines spektakularen Sonnenaufgangs durchstreifen sie die Felder, die Luft erfullt von einer eigentumlichen Atmosphare, und plotzlich macht Artjom eine verstorende Entdeckung: Das Vieh auf den Weiden blutet aus den Ohren, und kurz darauf fallen die Vogel tot vom Himmel. Im benachbarten Tschernobyl ist das Undenkbare passiert. Die Katastrophe von Tschernobyl teilt das Leben in ein Davor und ein Danach ein: Der Bauernsohn aus Weirussland, der Moskauer Chirurg vor den Trmmern seiner Ehe, seine Exfrau, die Dissidentin, und ihr Neffe, das Klavierwunderkind, sie alle werden durch den Super-GAU unwiderruflich verndert, und ihre Lebenslinien werden zusammengefhrt. Darragh McKeon zeichnet das Psychogramm einer hochtechnisierten Gesellschaft im Angesicht einer selbstverursachten Katastrophe. In eindringlichen Bildern und mit groem Einfhlungsvermgen fr seine Figuren zeigt der Autor, wie eine solche Ausnahmesituation Menschen zu Fall bringen und Staatsapparate zerstren kann.