The Dialogues of Time and Entropy

Overview

Aryeh Lev Stollman's first novel, The Far Euphrates, was hailed as "radiant" and "remarkable" by The New York Times Book Review. The Boston Globe called his second novel, The Illuminated Soul, "profound" and claimed that "Stollman has forged a uniquely Jewish Perspective on the classic mind-body problem." But Stollman's career began with stories that have appeared in leading literary journals, including American Short Fiction, The Yale Review, The Southwest Review, Tikkun, and Story magazine. Collected here, they...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (22) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $1.99   
  • Used (17) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(179)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2004 Trade paperback Illustrated. New. No dust jacket as issued. Softcover, as shown. Remainder-marked, but--APPEARS NOT READ. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 240 p. ... Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Easton, MN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$2.48
Seller since 2013

Feedback rating:

(38)

Condition: New
PAPERBACK New 1573223751 FAST shipping. New Unread Book. (Thank you for shopping from us. Order inquiries handled promptly. )

Ships from: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$2.49
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(107)

Condition: New
1573223751

Ships from: North Dartmouth, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$2.99
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(34)

Condition: New
2004 Paperback BOOK STORE BUY OUT! THIS IS A BRAND NEW BOOK! This particular book has a remainder mark on the bottom indicating it was a deep discounted book. Some books may ... have a book store price sticker on them. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Olive Branch, MS

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(146)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Aryeh Lev Stollman's first novel, The Far Euphrates, was hailed as "radiant" and "remarkable" by The New York Times Book Review. The Boston Globe called his second novel, The Illuminated Soul, "profound" and claimed that "Stollman has forged a uniquely Jewish Perspective on the classic mind-body problem." But Stollman's career began with stories that have appeared in leading literary journals, including American Short Fiction, The Yale Review, The Southwest Review, Tikkun, 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 realm; and the way art can shape our humanity. In these stories, Stollman continues to blend the everyday with the mystical, the mundane with the extraordinary, and the waking world with the world of dreams.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Stollman is adept at animating the intellectual innocence and youthful erotic frustrations of characters like Amir. He also explores with great sensitivity our human frustrations with a universe that remains suspended somewhere between science and religion, appearing exquisitely rational at times but ultimately defying scientific explanation. A neurologist by trade, Stollman seeks in The Dialogues of Time and Entropy to provide a suggestive literary framework for reconciling the wonders of science, the inexplicable power of desire and the mysteries of God. — Laura Ciolkowski
Publishers Weekly
At the intersection of family, faith and science, Stollman's Jewish protagonists find urgent moral dilemmas. This probing, intellectually acute story collection by the author of The Illuminated Soul is set in Israel, Canada and the U.S., and writers and scientists figure prominently. In "Mr. Mitochondria," a nuclear researcher in Beersheba, Israel, considers the impact of a plague of locusts on both his work and family as he attempts to come to terms with the possibility that his child could die from the protective pesticide spraying. The title story covers similar moral ground as a pair of physicists journey to Israel (chatting about time and entropy along the way) in search of a miracle cure for their autistic child, only to have Middle East politics turn their situation upside down. A teenage boy explores his Berlin-born mother's obsession with a popular WWII-era film in "Die Grosse Liebe," leading him to a startling family revelation. "If I Have Found Favor in Your Eyes" depicts a Jewish adolescent's fixation on his new Hasidic neighbors as he copes with the divorce of his bohemian parents. Stollman's moral intensity occasionally shades into grandiose sentiment ("she needs so desperately to weep-for all of the children in everlasting time, compelled like their mother to wander forever in a wandering world"), but for the most part the stories offer lively conversations and likably self-effacing characters who find themselves in an ethical or spiritual pickle. As the nuclear scientist says to his wife (the author of a sci-fi epic), "I have faith, but it's not an antidote to reality." Rights sold in Germany. (Feb. 10) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Tales of mystical wonder abound in Stollman's first collection of short stories, which continues the themes of his two award-winning novels, The Far Euphrates and The Illuminated Soul. Played out here are the competing claims of art, science, and spirituality; the life-changing influence of one person on another; the lingering effects of the Holocaust; the sustaining and confining force of family ties; and the enduring fabric of Jewish culture. Like the novels, the ten stories are mostly set in the author's hometown of Windsor, Ont., and involve a boy who experiences a life-changing event. In "Mr. Mitochondria," a family has relocated from Toronto to Israel and lives in the Negev desert, where the young son talks to his long-dead brother. In "Enfleurage," a boy in Windsor, son of the rabbi, befriends the lonely wife of the cantor, a frustrated opera singer who instead of liturgical melodies sings arias from Tosca on Rosh Hashanah. In "Die Grosse Liebe," a hidden love is revealed, as Joseph discovers his mother's passion for a movie that explores the nature of love. These highly charged stories are eminently readable; recommended for all libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/02.]-Molly Abramowitz, Silver Spring, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Stories about the everyday reverberate with magic and tragedy. It’s not uncommon for writers to publish a collection of shorter material after a novel or two has met with a high degree of acclaim. Fortunately, in Stollman’s case (The Far Euphrates, 1997; The Illuminated Soul, 2002), the pieces here are taken from his early stories, which first got him noticed, as opposed to a random assemblage of short, recent pieces gathered up and released for a quick buck in between novels. In "Die Grosse Liebe," the narrator does little more than describe his German mother’s near-obsessive love of an old movie, The Great Love, which she never revealed until after the narrator’s father’s death. Yet somehow, the tale becomes a moving meditation on love and the past, a son communicating with his closed-off mother through flickering, black-and-white images. The death of parents echoes through many of the pieces, like "New Memories," an enjoyable trifle about a boy whose father has just died but who spends a wonderful summer with his mother’s cousin, Blossom. Blossom is too obviously a life-loving symbol, yet somehow the story works, a jaunty smile through the sadness. In "If I Have Found Favor In Your Eyes," a young girl whose parents have recently separated becomes spiritually infatuated with the Orthodox couple who move into their apartment building, much to the chagrin of her nonreligious, concert pianist mother. One of the lesser efforts, "Mr. Mitochrondria," is set in a small Israeli town about to inundated by a cloudlike infestation of locusts. This doom-laden setting is paired with a story about two boys’ relationship with their writer mother and researcher father. Like all of Stollman’s work, it’sexquisitely crafted, but unlike most of the pieces here, doesn’t leave much of an impression. An expert weaver, Stollman brings together themes of religion, science, and love into an emotional whole.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573223751
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Publication date: 2/3/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Mr. Mitochondria 1
Enfleurage 21
Die Grosse Liebe 43
The Adornment of Days 63
New Memories 89
The Seat of Higher Consciousness 97
The Creation of Anat 125
The Little Poet 147
If I Have Found Favor in Your Eyes 167
The Dialogues of Time and Entropy 187
Acknowledgments 227
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)