Into the Forbidden Zone

In this excerpt from his Byliner Original, acclaimed novelist William T. Vollmann returns to northern Japan a month after the earthquake crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to survey the radiation levels and talk to survivors.
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Into the Forbidden Zone

Armed with a capricious radiation detector, National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann ventures into the hot zone mere days after Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster.

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