Item description for The Lamentations of Julius Marantz by Marc Estrin, Davina Porter, John Lithgow, Kathleen Jordan, Maitrii Aung-thwin, Matthew Kreuter & David Mungello...
Marc Estrin follows another of his strange protagonists through a world troubled by what it knows and by how it applies that knowledge.
From the first page, we are plunged into a global riot of paranoia, joy, and fear. But something is sadly familiar here, perhaps because we have been taught to anticipate a world in which people suddenly fly off the planet. It might be The Rapture. Or it might be some violation of the force of gravity. Whatever it is, it's spreading madness, religious hysteria, and some truly formidable government powers.
The voice of these Lamentations is a sixty-something, club-footed scientist named Julius Marantz, an obsessive researcher who suffers from both forbidden knowledge and and insistent conscience. As his spirit and his heart begin to fail, Julius realizes what is lost to him: a childhood of possibility, the consolation of belief, and the undying optimism of a father who taught him the principles of physics on the roller coaster and the parachute jump.
Part a portrait of cynical politics and religious fervor, part scientific speculation and part meditation on the glories of Coney Island, The Lamentations of Julius Marantz traces the rise and fall of science ina truly personal story that finally fairly ascends.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2007
Publisher Unbridled Books
ISBN 1932961380 ISBN13 9781932961386
Availability 0 units.
More About Marc Estrin, Davina Porter, John Lithgow, Kathleen Jordan, Maitrii Aung-thwin, Matthew Kreuter & David Mungello
Marc Estrin grew up in a small apartment so full of books you had to walk sideways in the hall. Of these, he read not one--till age sixteen, when he gave up his literary virginity to Franz Kafka: The Trial was his introduction to the larger life. This explains much. A mediocre student in high school, he was teased by his father into reading The Magic Mountain during the summer before college. Epiphany! The book was for him a topo-map of western thought and culture. With Mann as his guide, he sailed through college and grad schools, making a Hegelian leap out of graduate science into the richer, if iffier area of the arts. The Vietnam war and Bertolt Brecht were his siren callers into political activity, and his professional theater work dissipated into organizing, college teaching and communal living. When these ceased to put food on the table, he reached back into a past life to study and practice medicine. With the computer came the possibility of writing without retyping--a stimulus sufficient to have resulted in his current crop of manuscripts, published and unpublished.
Marc Estrin currently resides in Burlington, in the state of Vermont.