Since the first atomic bomb was dropped, humankind has been haunted by the idea of nuclear apocalypse. That nightmare almost became reality in 1986, when an accident at the USSR s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant triggered the world s worst radiological crisis. The events of that night are well documented but history didn t stop there. Chernobyl, as a place, remains very much alive today.
In Chernobyl: A Stalkers Guide, researcher Darmon Richter journeys into the contemporary Exclusion Zone, venturing deeper than any previously published account. While thousands of foreign visitors congregate around a handful of curated sites, beyond the tourist hotspots lies a wild and mysterious land the size of a small country. In the forests of Chernobyl, historic village settlements and Soviet-era utopianism have lain abandoned since the time of the disaster overshadowed by vast, unearthly mega-structures designed to win the Cold War.