Read “Chernobyl A Novel” by Frederik Pohl with Rakuten Kobo. Chernobyl: The very name conjures the catastrophe that the world feared could happen. Chernobyl: The very name conjures the catastrophe that the world feared Frederik Pohl’s novel about this disaster was written months after the tragic events. This article is about the Chernobyl disaster, which occurred on April 26, , and was the The novel Chernobyl by Frederik Pohl tells about the disaster from the viewpoint of individuals involve in it. In , photographer Elena.

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The book at mostly about the Chernobyl disaster but also weaves in some intrigue relating to how the USSR was changing under Gorbachev. It would have been better, perhaps, to focus more on events in the Kremlin in the first few days after the accident, when a news blackout kept the world, as well as the Soviet people, totally uninformed about the radiation danger.

Every one of us now has in our lungs a certain number of Chernobyl molecules, and this is not only true for all Americans and Russians and Chinese and French and Italians, but for every Frederi, Australian, and Cambodian A reminder of how closely linked we all are on this planet. This novel adds a human dimension to the familiar story of Chernobyl, site of the freerik worst nuclear accident that sent freedrik wave of fear through Europe, forced the evacuation ofSoviet citizens and left an undetermined number with potentially life-shortening doses of radiation.

In a way it has become even worse. This book made me itch.

A specialist frfderik hydraulics, Sheranchuk dives into the radioactive water in the flooded corridors to open drainage valves, thereby preventing a far worse explosion than the first. No matter how many devotees of the nuclear religion there are, and no matter how brainwashed the nuclear priesthood worshiping at the altar ponl the atom, with the concomitant cult cities built up around them like the ill-fated city of Pripyat: A Long Journey to Russia.


The legendary folk singer is Vladimir Vysotsky, not Vyshinsky as the novel has it twice, and the car is the Moskvich, not the Moskva, just to cite two examples of several. We’re led to believed that sound design was in place, but unacceptable process and procedures coupled with a political system prone to both over and under centralized controls led to its ultimate failure.

The novel only covers about 27 days, so the book, published in timely fashion incannot pretend to provide a full perspective on the accident, nor a consideration of the full tally of death and disease that were caused by the accident, over the years and decades following the release of radiation.

In both cases, the radioactive core ignited spontaneously and uncontrollably in parts, or as Pohl puts it, for the Chernobyl disaster: Over five people and you might as well sleep through the proceedings. I don’t know why you’d want to read a piece of historical fiction about the Chernobyl disaster.

Chernobyl: A Novel by Frederik Pohl (Bantam: 17.95; 288 pp.)

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Sep 06, Diane rated it liked it. The story of the Chernobyl disaster, like the one of the sinking of the Titanic, is a natural human drama. I am glad for it still to be in print. It’s a little dry, and it’s difficult to know, without doing my own research, what’s based on fact and what’s extrapolated and fictionalized. There really is so much more to the story than most people would ever know.

Its own radiation corrupts it.

Although it was a real nuclear explosion that started the disaster, the nuclear reaction blew itself out in the first fraction of a second after the initial blast. No meltdown occurs there’s nothing much to melt –instead, the graphite core designed to moderate the nuclear reaction catches fire and, for several days, defies all attempts to extinguish it.

This is fiction, but it is the most riveting, realistic account of what happened that has ever been written. I never liked communism, still don’t and never will like communism or communist but, I must respect the heroic deeds of the men who went into harms way to advert the larger disaster the Chernobyl could have so easily become.


Read reviews that mention nuclear power power plant well written chernobyl nuclear chernobyl disaster event freserik historical pohl accident events political technical facts fictional led actual happen readers town. Return to Book Page. The Science Fiction Archive 5. Lithuania agreed to close its plant with a two-unit RBMK as part of its accession agreement to the European Union, and this was decommissioned chernobyp year, in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I expected this to be cheesy, but it was drederik good. Be warned Pohl gets more than a little political at the end but I enjoyed understanding what happened at the Nuclear plant when it melt-down. Is frederok no grassroots opposition to these antiquated and dangerous behemoths?

Get to Know Us. He races back to assist and gets a fatal dose of radiation in the plant. A novel based on events of the Chernobyl meltdown. Lists with This Book. More than four thousand people died, as many as a half-million suffered potentially cancer-causing exposure, and the city around the plant became a toxic wasteland in which nothing could live.

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frederjk It seemed to me that Pohl just liked the look of the word “comrade”. It has made me want to read more factual accounts about Chernobyl – and the real people involved. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Oct 18, grace sloan rated it it was ok.

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Reading Chernobyl left me a ophl man. Pohl’s book is a novelization of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. Write a customer review. Is it the complete lack of climax that’s making me give this book two stars? Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.