Fission by Helga Konigsdorf
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Under the influence of the medication crucial to her existence, the narrator--like Konigsdorf herself suffering from a degenerative disease--is visited and prodded into an examination of her life by an apparition of Lise Meitner, the Jewish physicist who helped discover atomic fission but was forced to flee Germany before Kristallnacht. Reflecting on her roles as lover, wife, mother, and woman, the narrator asks: How much have I done? Enough? What is left in the end? What will last?
 

About Helga Konigsdorf

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Konigsdork is a citizen of the former East Germany, Konigsdorf was a professor of physics and of mathematics berfore Parkinson's disease. Joyce Marcus is Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor of Social Evolution and Curator, Latin American Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology, at the University of Michigan.
 
Published October 25, 2000 by Northwestern University Press. 161 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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