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When we cease to understand the world / Benjamin Labatut ; translated by Adrian Nathan West.

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  • 8 of 16 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kent Library Association - Kent.

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1 current hold with 16 total copies.

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Kent Library Association - Kent F LAB (Text to phone) 33410147735007 Adult New Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1681375664 : PAP
  • ISBN: 9781681375663 : PAP
  • ISBN: 9781681375663
  • ISBN: 1681375664
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2021]

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Summary, etc.:
"A fictional examination of the lives of real-life scientists and thinkers whose discoveries resulted in moral consequences beyond their imagining. When We Cease to Understand the World is a book about the complicated links between scientific and mathematical discovery, madness, and destruction. Fritz Haber, Alexander Grothendieck, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger: these are some of luminaries into whose troubled lives Labatut's book thrusts the reader, showing us how they grappled with the most profound questions of existence. They have strokes of unparalleled genius, alienate friends and lovers, descend into isolation and insanity. Some of their discoveries reshape human life to the better; others pave the way to chaos and unimaginable suffering. The lines are never clear. At a breakneck pace and with a wealth of disturbing detail, Benjamin Labatut uses the imaginative resources of fiction to tell the stories of scientists and mathematicians who expanded our notions of the possible"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Labatut, Benjamín, 1980- > Translations into English.
Scientists > Fiction.
Genre: Short stories.

Syndetic Solutions - Author Notes for ISBN Number 1681375664
When We Cease to Understand the World
When We Cease to Understand the World
by Labatut, Benjamin; West, Adrian Nathan (Translator)
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Author Notes

When We Cease to Understand the World

Benjamín Labatut was born in Rotterdam in 1980 and grew up in The Hague, Buenos Aires, and Lima. He published two award-winning works of fiction prior to When We Cease to Understand the World , which is his first book to be translated into English. Labatut lives with his family in Santiago, Chile. Adrian Nathan West is a novelist, essayist, and translator living in Spain. His criticism has appeared in the London Review of Books , The Times Literary Supplement , and many other publications. He has translated books from German, Catalan, and Spanish, including Jean Améry's Charles Bovary, Country Doctor (NYRB Classics) and Pere Gimferrer (NYRB Poets).

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