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TO THE LIGHT: THE LIFE OF A GREAT INVENTOR AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 20th CENTURY. RECORDED BY JEAN ECHENOZ [F]

Sep 12, 2012 07:30 pm
Literatures of the World
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
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Speaker Hinrich-Schmidt-Henkel
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Jean Echenoz’s novel “Lightning” is based on the biography of Nikola Tesla. Gregor, the protagonist of the story, was “the greatest inventor of all time”, creating almost everything that was to shape the 20th century: radio, radar, x-rays. He was, however, beyond his time, and died a lonely man in a hotel room in New York. Echenoz’s novel moves between fiction and reality. It is “a melancholic variation upon the theme of loneliness and the disintegration of the dreams of civilisation” (L’Express).

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