All That is Solid Melts into Air

All That is Solid Melts into Air


All That is Solid Melts into Air is an exceptionally moving novel of interwoven lives, set amidst one of the most iconic disasters in living memory: Chernobyl.

'Daring, ambitious, epic, moving' Colm Tóibín

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' Guardian


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

About the author

Darragh McKeon

DARRAGH MCKEON was born in 1979 and grew up in the midlands of Ireland. His debut novel All That is Solid Melts into Air was published in 2014 to widespread international acclaim and was translated into nine languages. Since then, Darragh has returned to live in the west of Ireland.
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