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The Solitude of Prime Numbers

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
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This book provides a valuable look at the need for human companionship especially for the damaged soul. Contrary to the title no knowledge of mathematical concepts is needed. This is definitely both an enjoyable and powerful read.

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A prime number is inherently a solitary thing: it can only be divided by itself, or by one; it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia also move on their own axes, alone with their personal tragedies. As a child Alice's overbearing father drove her first to a terrible skiing accident, and then to anorexia. When she meets Mattia she recognises a kindred spirit, and Mattia reveals to Alice his terrible secret: that as a boy he abandoned his mentally-disabled twin sister in a park to go to a party, and when he returned, she was nowhere to be found. These two irreversible episodes mark Alice and Mattia's lives for ever, and as they grow into adulthood their destinies seem irrevocably intertwined. But then a chance sighting of a woman who could be Mattia's sister forces a lifetime of secret emotion to the surface. A meditation on loneliness and love, "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" asks, can we ever truly be whole when we're in love with another?

Author Biography

Paolo Giordano was born in Turin in 1982. He is working on a doctorate in particle physics. The Solitude of Prime Numbers, his first novel, has sold over a million copies in its native Italian, and is being translated into twenty languages. It won Italy's answer to the Man Booker Prize, the Premio Strega Award.
Release date Australia
March 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Black Swan
Pages
384
Dimensions
129x198x25
ISBN-13
9780552775472
Product ID
3882416

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