Lightning

Lightning

Title:Lightning
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781595586490
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:144 pages

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.


    Lightning Reviews

  • ?Misericordia? ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ?????? ????

    Not good. Basically, the author robbed Tesla of his name and painted him with sort of a malice. The guy was a crazy good scientist, and if he had issues with other things, then, well it's nothing to g...

  • Jeanette

    This encapsulates Tesla within a short novella length of pages. It's translated from French and the writing style, tensing and tone are peculiar. Maybe true to the form, motives, core of the man?You k...

  • Jonfaith

    Terse and yet as frenetic as the currents of Tesla's imagination with all the luminous contradictions.This is a stunning portrait of a harvester of nature, yet one shipwrecked on a human mound which w...

  • Monica Carter

    It's also evident, by the way, that Gregor prefers to be alone and live alone in general, and to look at himself in mirrors rather than at other people, and to do without women even though they find ...

  • Will E

    I had no idea Edison was such an asshole!...

  • Tyler Jones

    I've read funnier books, and I've read sadder books, but I don't know if I've ever read a book that was sadly funny as this....

  • ?????

    nothing but more respect for Nikola Tesla despite his arrogant personality. he deserves so much better ...

  • Jaci

    The Serbian Nikola Tesla, renamed Gregor for this novel, is an amazing intellect, isolated individual, and a player with Edison, Westinghouse, and others, who harnessed electricity. And his relationsh...

  • Jason Furman

    This short novella is a beautifully wrought miniature of Nikola Tesla. It begins with his birth, ends with his death, and roughly covers everything major in between -- although oddly fictionalizes the...

  • Greg

    I'm filing this under "cautionary tales of eccentric genius." Echenoz's lighter-than-air novelization of the life of Nikola Tesla (re-branded as "Gregor") was a perfectly satisfying way to spend a cou...