Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie - A Tale of Love and Fallout

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie - A Tale of Love and Fallout

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by Lauren Redniss
     
 

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“Radioactive offer innumerable wonders….In this wholly original book about passion and discovery Lauren Redniss has invented her own unique form.” —Nicole Krauss, author of Great House and The History of Love

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“Radioactive offer innumerable wonders….In this wholly original book about passion and discovery Lauren Redniss has invented her own unique form.” —Nicole Krauss, author of Great House and The History of Love

 

“Quite unlike any book I have ever read…sheer imaginative genius.” —Malcolm Gladwell

 

Radioactive is the visual journey into the life of Marie Curie, as told through the dazzling collage style of acclaimed author and artist Lauren Redniss. A brilliant visual storyteller, Redniss has hand-designed more than 100 color collages to tell Curie’s story, fascinating in its scientific significance and its sometimes whimsical, sometimes haunting mix of romance and intrigue. Bringing together archival photos, images, and clippings with dazzling line drawings and a compelling narrative, Radioactive is far more than just an art book or a graphic novel: It is a stunning visual biography and a true work of art.

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Gilbert
“One of the most beautiful books-as-object that I’ve ever seen.”
Robert Krulwich
“[An] excellent new book.”
Malcolm Gladwell
“Radioactive is quite unlike any book I have ever read—part history, part love story, part art work and all parts sheer imaginative genius.”
Richard Rhodes
“Absolutely dazzling. Lauren Redniss has created a book that is both vibrant history and a work of art. Like radium itself, Radioactive glows with energy.”
Nicole Krauss
“Radioactive offer innumerable wonders. Colors suddenly bloom into tremendous feeling, history contracts into a pair of elongated figures locked in an embrace, then expands again in an explosive rush of words. In this wholly original book about passion and discovery Lauren Redniss has invented her own unique form.”
Vogue
“[A] sumptuously illustrated visual biography….Radioactive is an incisive look at science’s greatest partnership.”
New York Times
“[Radioactive is] a deeply unusual and forceful thing to have in your hands. Ms. Redniss’s text is long, literate and supple…Her drawings are both vivid and ethereal…Radioactive is serious science and brisk storytelling. The word ‘luminous’ is a critic’s cliché, to be avoided at all costs, but it fits.”
Marcia Bartusiak
Writer and artist Lauren Redniss has created a unique work difficult to categorize. A blend of original art, photographs, graphics and text, Radioactive…is meant to be both read and experienced…My wonder never ceased as I turned these pages. Visual echoes of Matisse, Gauguin and Van Gogh play across the book's pages. The prose is spare and simple, maintaining a metronomic beat that resonates with the underlying tragedies woven throughout the book. More than a biography, Radioactive reflects on many of the heart-rending repercussions that emanated from atomic research, from Hiroshima to Chernobyl.
—The Washington Post
Dwight Garner
Described simply, Radioactive is an illustrated biography of Marie Curie, the Polish-born French physicist famous for her work on radioactivity…and her equally accomplished husband, Pierre…Described less simply, it's a deeply unusual and forceful thing to have in your hands. Ms. Redniss's text is long, literate and supple. She catches Marie Curie's "delicate and grave" manner as a young student, new to Paris; she notes the "luminous goulash" of radium and zinc that one chemist prepares; she observes with pleasure another man's "thriving mustache." She has a firm command of, but an easy way with, the written word.
—The New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061351327
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Pages:
205
Sales rank:
173,691
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.75(d)

What People are saying about this

Richard Rhodes
“Absolutely dazzling. Lauren Redniss has created a book that is both vibrant history and a work of art. Like radium itself, Radioactive glows with energy.”
Elizabeth Gilbert
“One of the most beautiful books-as-object that I’ve ever seen.”
Nicole Krauss
“Radioactive offer innumerable wonders. Colors suddenly bloom into tremendous feeling, history contracts into a pair of elongated figures locked in an embrace, then expands again in an explosive rush of words. In this wholly original book about passion and discovery Lauren Redniss has invented her own unique form.”
Robert Krulwich
“[An] excellent new book.”
Malcolm Gladwell
“Radioactive is quite unlike any book I have ever read—part history, part love story, part art work and all parts sheer imaginative genius.”

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