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Gert Hofmann, Michael Hofmann (TRN)

Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl


Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, an eighteenth-century Göttingen mathematician, physicist, and astronomer, is remembered for the satiric aphorisms he wrote in his spare time, which have been celebrated by luminaries from Nietzsche to Einstein. He was also a dwarf and a hunchback, attributes crucial to this lively fictionalization of his life by the late German novelist, which charts Lichtenberg's love affair with the progress of civilization and, in parallel, his failure to find a wife. Hofmann gives the scientist a delirious, childish glee at the universe's workings, and a sweetness of character that, true to Lichtenberg's biography, eventually wins him the love of a thirteen-year-old beauty. The author shares with his hero a gift for the epigram, which makes the book seem at first a rather weightless affair. But a mass of loneliness and longing just beneath the comedy keeps it from floating away.

Format: Paperback
Published: in USA in 2007
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Pages: 245
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780811216951
ISBN 10: 0811216950

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Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl