By Darragh McKeon
Russia, 1986. On a run-down condominium block in Moscow, a nine-year-old prodigy performs his piano silently for worry of aggravating the pals. In a manufacturing unit at the outskirts of town, his aunt makes automobile elements, hiding her dissident earlier. In a close-by health facility, a general practitioner immerses himself in his paintings, warding off his failed marriage.
And in a village in Belarus, a teenage boy wakes to a sky of the inner most red. open air, the ears of his neighbor's farm animals are dripping blood. Ten miles away, on the Chernobyl energy Plant, whatever incredible has happened.Now their lives will swap perpetually.
An end-of-empire novel charting the cave in of the Soviet Union, All that's strong Melts into Air is a gripping and epic love tale via an immense new expertise.
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And stayed to contemplate the river, and sure enough, he could tell she was hardly paying any attention to her own question. She began to go through the whole place again, empty hallways, steep stairs, at the same calm pace, as if she were far away, wandering, uncertain, with that same look, a shimmering gaze she would quickly train on others before she turned it back inward to her dreams and their smoky whorls. A strange young woman, the concierge thought again. He made an effort to hide his growing, nasty mistrust of her beneath a garrulous flow of words, providing her with information to which she wasn’t listening; he knew it and was hurt.
Qxd 9/29/05 3:18 PM Page 25 LILA She surrendered, she gave herself up, as she received the fragrances that filled her soul, irrigated her, a confident soil, open soil, suddenly magnified, alive, puerile, carefree, crazy, happy, solemn, strangely blossoming with an earthy voluptuousness that surprised even Ali. Now Ali was no longer there. She repeated the phrase a thousand times, staring at it in the emptiness of her mind. Then one day she asked herself whether the determination she once put into conquering him anew and at the same time—she thought with supreme selfassurance—into saving him was not what had disappeared first of all, in turn provoking the disappearance of Ali, of happiness, and of the always uncertain miracle.
Who wanted to see her here at the top of this cold building? She left the room, went to the door, and opened it. “Suzanne . ” she said to the visitor under her breath. qxd 9/29/05 3:18 PM Page 45 3 3 ... SALIMA ... Having hosed down the courtyard and abandoning in the kitchen the meal to be prepared, Cherifa sat down in her room with the twins beside her as the spectacle began, as if it were an enormous circus watched by a female audience of the old quarter. That same morning, Hakim, the policeman, came home at a most unusual time: not quite ten o’clock.
All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon