A Novel

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Drawn from the life of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors of his time,
Lightning is a captivating tale of one man's curious fascination with the marvels of science.

Hailed by the Washington Post as "the most distinctive voice of his generation," Echenoz traces the notable career of Gregor, a precocious young engineer from Eastern Europe, who travels across the Atlantic at the age of twenty-eight to work alongside Thomas Edison, with whom he later holds a long-lasting rivalry. After his discovery of alternating current, Gregor quickly begins to astound the world with his other brilliant inventions, including everything from radio, radar, and wireless communication to cellular technology, remote control, and the electron microscope.

Echenoz gradually reveals the eccentric inner world of a solitary man who holds
a rare gift for imagining devices well before they come into existence. Gregor is a recluse--an odd and enigmatic intellect who avoids women and instead prefers spending hours a day courting pigeons in Central Park.

Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Echenoz once again demonstrates
his astonishing abilities as a prose stylist as he vividly captures the life of an isolated genius. A beautifully crafted portrait of a man who prefers the company of lightning in the Colorado desert to that of other human beings, Lightning is a dazzling new work from one of the world's leading contemporary authors.
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, c2011.
ISBN: 9781595586490
Branch Call Number: FICTION Echenoz Jean 06/2011
Characteristics: 142 p. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda
Alternative Title: Des eclairs


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Mar 05, 2014

[Update: A connection between President Donald Trump and Nikola Tesla? Absurd you say? After the death of Tesla, the US gov't rushed in and confiscated all his personal papers, which they then handed over to a professor of engineering with MIT, named John G. Trump, uncle of the future president of the USA! Wonder if those still classified papers included his Death Ray??? Remember the Tunguska Event?]
What a truly marvelous (and short at 142 pp.) book, although presented as fiction, it is simply the most accurate biography of Nikola Tesla (called Gregor in this novel) you'll find. (My still all-time favorite recounting of Tesla, though, is Jill Jonnes' Empires of Light, where the historian, Ms. Jonnes, presents the most well-rounded and respectful portrayal of the true genius of Tesla). Great book, though!


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