International Fiction: Benjamin Labatut — When We Cease to Understand the World
In his Booker International shortlisted novel (translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West) Benjamín Labatut uses the imaginative resources of fiction to break open the stories of the scientists and mathematicians who expanded our notions of the possible.
“We may be familiar with such things as Schrödinger’s cat and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle… but the sheer audacity, the utter insanity of the ideas and the thinkers who discovered these ideas has never, in my experience, been so vividly and terrifyingly conveyed as in this short, monstrous, and brilliant book” -Philip Pullman
Benjamín Labatut was born in Rotterdam in 1980 and grew up in The Hague, Buenos Aires and Lima. When We Cease to Understand the World is his first book to be translated into English. He lives with his family in Santiago, Chile.
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