“VERDICT A vivid and moving book-length narrative poem that places the reader inside of a universe of wonder; of interest to poetry readers and beyond.” Library Journal
From the author of international bestseller Einstein's Dreams and National Book Award nominee The Diagnosis .
After decades of living “hung like a dried fly,” emptied and haunted by his past, the narrator, a man who has lost his faith in all things following a mysterious personal tragedy, awakens one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey to find something to believe in, first turning to the world of science and then to the world of philosophy, religion, and human life. As his personal story is slowly revealed, little by little, we confront the great questions of the cosmos and of the human heart, some questions with answers and others without. An exciting new illustrated edition of a unique narrative poem.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Alan Lightman, physicist, essayist, and novelist, is Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities. Lightman’s writing has appeared in Harper’s, Salon, The New Yorker, The Atlantic , and many other publications. His widely known Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller, and his novel The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. His recent book The Accidental Universe was chosen by Brain Pickings as one of the best ten books of the year. He lives in Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Song of Two Worlds" by Alan Lightman (2009). Visceral, sensual, and reflective. This is a book of verse that is a bridge between science and the arts (to which only a few can do well - and one is Lightman). The book is like describing a fine wine - notes of Ovid and Pablo Neruda, Virgil and Dante are layered in, and with nuances of T.S. Eliot's 'Four Quartets.' Set in an a sparse, yet exotic locale, the words are of honeycomb and dates and sun-baked bread. The human soul in search of questions - more than answers.