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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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. This book was published in in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster that occurred at the nuclear power plant in the Ukraine. It involves arrogance and folly, tragedy and bravery, and has a flow of events that feels like a narrative. A Long Journey to Russia.

Cultural impact of the Chernobyl disaster

But is there no domestic pressure inside Russia yet? But Pohl has chosen to narrow his focus to the actors in the drama played out in and around the plant at Chernobyl, a place once known only ophl nuclear specialists but now a chilling symbol of the dangers of technology run wild. Feb 20, Travis Pratt rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Never knew much about Chernobyl other than the brief mention in my secondary school history books.

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Feb pohk, Pedro Enguita rated it really liked it Shelves: They’re honorable characters, and easy to sympathize with.

I am remaining vague on the particulars of the story because; I do not wish to ruin it for readers.

Jul 26, Jen rated it it was amazing. He had the cooperation of many people inside the U.

Showing of 20 reviews. While the information is useful, it slows the pace of the narrative. The Day of the Boomer Dukes. Is there no grassroots opposition to these antiquated and dangerous behemoths?

We are reminded that there were real human beings involved who had families, jobs, responsibilities and so on.

CHERNOBYL by Frederik Pohl | Kirkus Reviews

Even if a nuclear reactor could start with pure, and nearly harmless materials, its purity would not last. Characters are well developed and details surrounding the accident are sufficient to make me want to look for more information on the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Chernobyl is a dark but incredible story that gives a voice to those involved. I really enjoyed this book for the human story that it wrapped around the historical elements. A specialist in hydraulics, Pobl dives into the radioactive water in the flooded corridors to open drainage valves, thereby preventing a far worse explosion than the first.

It starts off very slow and some might not want to stick with it but stay the course anyway it pays off. There’s a couple from the US who are touring the USSR, who don’t serve any purpose to the story that I could tell, neither do they relate to any real people who were involved with the event. On April 26,a power surge caused the core of one of the reactors to explode, spewing a cloud of radioactive steam into the Ukrainian air. More about Frederik Pohl. In any event, his narrative is a plausible account of what went wrong to cause the tragedy, as well as what went right in the heroic effort to control the horrifying consequences.


Along with a splendid cast in a gripping and vivid narrative, Pohl presents as balanced and insightful a picture of the USSR as may be found.

A novel based on events of the Chernobyl meltdown. Hydrological engineer “”Comrade Plumber”” Leonid Sheranchuk protests and is brushed off. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Discovering Artifacts from Two World Wars.

I love the strong caring relationship the Assistant Director had with his Comrade Plumber especially as the relationship ripened as the torch was passed from dying master to former student grown up.

The audio quality wasn’t great. Mar 30, Denis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Product details File Size: The novel was published not long after the accident occurred, and it shows just how little the public in any country understood the dangers of nuclear power. I can’t imagine any government wanting to be held accountable for such an atrocity. Pohl describes well the people involved in the struggle, as well as those who fled out of fear or self-preservation.

Semyon Smin, the leading figure in the novel, deputy director of the nuclear installation, is portrayed sympathetically as a dedicated man forced into corner-cutting compromises by the realities of Soviet industrial life.

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Some cernobyl contain surprisingly sensible and acute observations of the Soviet reality, others are too close to bloodlust KGB horror stories and that cheerless stuff about vodka and queues.