The Geometer Lobachevsky (Hardback)
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The Geometer Lobachevsky (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages
Published: 31/03/2022
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Ruminating exquisitely on exile, home and the existential threat of surrendering freedom, Duncan's masterly period novel revolves around a Soviet émigré anthropologist adrift in Ireland and attempting to evade a return to the USSR.

Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2023

'When I was sent by the Soviet state to London to further my studies in calculus, knowing I would never become a great mathematician, I strayed instead into the foothills of anthropology ...'

It is 1950 and Nikolai Lobachevsky, great-grandson of his illustrious namesake, is surveying a bog in the Irish Midlands, where he studies the locals, the land and their ways.

One afternoon, soon after he arrives, he receives a telegram calling him back to Leningrad for a 'special appointment'. Lobachevsky may not be a great genius but he is not foolish: he recognises a death sentence when he sees one and leaves to go into hiding on a small island in the Shannon estuary, where the island families harvest seaweed and struggle to split rocks.

Here Lobachevsky must think about death, how to avoid it and whether he will ever see his home again.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788169721
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 218 x 144 x 28 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Intelligent, atmospheric and disarmingly moving - Irish Times Book of the Year 2022

Uncanny, strange and exquisite, akin to the Mitteleuropean fictions of László Krasznahorkai and Milan Kundera - Financial Times

A masterful meditation on exile ... by one of our most original writers - Irish Independent

He brings a mixture of the exact and the visionary . . . an original voice, a writer who has come to recreate the world on his own terms. - Colm Tóibín

One of the most important, original and intriguing writers working now. This book is starkly moving, beautiful, sensual, and the way he writes dialogue is so phenomenologically precise it makes every writer I know wish they could write like him - Niamh Campbell, author of, This Happy

Many have seen the tendency among Irish writers, from Joyce and Beckett up to Eimear McBride, towards experimentation as originating in this sense of foundational linguistic dispossession. With this novel, Duncan proves himself to be one of the most subtle explorers of this condition writing today - Kevin Brazil, Literary Review

His best novel yet: a darkly ruminative tale of exile and endeavour, under whose surface move the tectonic plates of the twentieth century - Rob Doyle, author of, Threshold

Not a huge number of literary novels tackle the world of work. Out of this rather unusual material Adrian Duncan has crafted a quiet, beautifully written, intellectually provocative and compelling story, an assured blend of mastery and mystery. - Enda O'Doherty, Dublin Review of Books

A stunning novel of landscape ... No other novel I have read in some time has left such an unsettling impression... - James Doyle, Bookmunch

A tender, thoughtful and often startlingly beautiful piece of literary fiction - Alexander Wells, Ex Berliner

The Geometer Lobachevsky is filled with simple yet lyrical descriptions of landscape. In a literary world hurtling towards the multiverse, there's something grounding about narratives rooted in nature and infrastructure - Mia Levitin, The Irish Times

Mathematics - the realm of the geometrician - is precise and orderly; there is, as our teachers used to tell us, only the one right answer. Language is a different, more porous, and more deceptive thing altogether. The Geometer Lobachevsky is quite the literary trick, delivered with precision engineering - Pat Carty, Hot Press

A beautifully crafted synthesis of intellectual athleticism and aesthetic originality... - Pádraig Nolan, Totally Dublin

Lugubrious laconicism... Broad overarching themes - the idea of infrastructure as a building block of nationhood; the loneliness of exile - are subtly teased out - Houman Barekat, Guardian

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