When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I didn't catch this book when it was on the International Booker list,
but when it was named a finalist for the translated lit category of the
National Book Award, I finally decided to give it a go, especially once I
found the audio in Hoopla and it was under 6 hours.
At first, it
feels like non-fiction, well researched information about science and
math, death and destruction, the usual. It slowly morphs to include
details about the characters that might be true, I guess, but would he
unlikely to be known without a detailed journal or analysis records. And
as it nears the end, the stories start linking and it feels more like a
I always enjoy books that take me on a
journey. The characters do not have to be on a journey, but I like the
author to have a clear goal in mind even if I don't know what it is...
It's one of those undefinable things that I like and is present here. I
also am a sucker for books about math and mathematicians and boy did
this qualify. I wish it had won the International Booker and I hope it
wins the National Book Award for translation.
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