The Dialogues of Time and Entropyby Aryeh Lev Stollman
Aryeh Lev Stollman's first novel, The Far Euphrates, was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "radiant" and "remarkable." The Boston Globe called his second novel, The Illuminated Soul, "profound" and declared that "Stollman has forged a uniquely Jewish perspective on the classic mind-body problem." But Stollman's career began with stories, which have appeared in leading literary journals, including American Short Fiction, The Yale Review, The Southwest Review, and Story magazine. Collected here, they address the themes he has grappled with so memorably in his novels: "the pull of the past over the present and the profound effects that one person can have on another" (San Francisco Chronicle); the aftershocks of the Holocaust; the convergence of science, the imagination, and the spiritual; the way art can shape our identities. Most of Stollman's stories address the simultaneous gift and burden of prodigious talent -- the euphoria of creation and discovery, balanced by the weight of responsibility and the distractions of success.
In "Enfleurage," we meet a cantor haunted by regret; in "The Little Poet," an eleven-year-old aspiring bard whose literary gifts and aspirations outweight his compassion. In the title story, "The Dialogues of Time and Entropy," a medical researcher's possible discovery of a cure for a rare and fatal disease threatens to destroy his life as his marriage deteriorates and his ambivalence toward his autistic daughter increases. These are stories infused with a deep sense of humanity and an impressive range of knowledge -- of science, music, religion, and language itself. In them. Stollman examines our weaknesses while always evoking a sense of awe, and delight, in the face of seemingly limitless human potential. As in his novels, he blends the everyday with the mystical, the mundane with the extraordinary, and the waking world with the world of dreams. In the words of Forward, his stories "open windows in the mind through which the voice of ancient wisdom can still be heard."
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Meet the Author
Aryehlev Stollman is a neuroradiologist and the author of two books, The Illuminated Soul and The Far Euphrates, which is an American Library Association Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Review Recommended Book of the Year, and the winner of a Wilbur Award and Lambda Award.
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