Dietmar Dath

Dirac - Novel

(German title: Dirac)
ca. 380 pages
Dietmar Dath
Foto: Dietmar Dath
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Born in 1970, Dietmar Dath lives in Freiburg and Berlin as a writer and translator.

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David, who earns his money as a writer and journalist, has one main problem: How to describe a person’s life? Or to be more exact: How to write a novel on a scientist who was fully aware of the transience of all notions of the world and yet came as close to putting his finger on the truth as is possible for one human being.

Dirac tells the story of David’s search for the truth about Paul Dirac (1902-1984), that almost unknown champion of modern physics. The story of this extraordinary scientist and man slowly takes shape, and develops a momentum that carries through to the present day: in the story of David Dalek’s friends – an artist, a computer programmer, a psychiatrist, a woman suffering from mental illness, a biochemist, and a house-wife. They all have the typical problems of the 30-somethings, whose parents refused to give them clear answers to their questions. Dietmar Dath guides his novel's figures through the different levels of time and space with brilliant dexterity and a sure touch.

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