The Lamentations of Zeno by Ilija Trojanow
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To appreciate The Lamentations of Zeno, we don’t have to share Zeno’s apocalyptic pessimism. The world’s nations may still slow climate change and mitigate at least some of its consequences.
-Financial Times

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A literary fiction about climate disaster and a scientist imploding on a journey to the Antarctic

Zeno Hintermeier is a scientist working as a travel guide on an Antarctic cruise ship, encouraging the wealthy to marvel at the least explored continent and to open their eyes to its rapid degradation. It is a troubling turn in the life of an idealistic glaciologist. Now in his early sixties, Zeno bewails the loss of his beloved glaciers, the disintegration of his marriage, and the foundering of his increasingly irrelevant career. Troubled in conscience and goaded by the smug complacency of the passengers in his charge, he starts to plan a desperate gesture that will send a wake-up call to an overheating world.

The Lamentations of Zeno is an extraordinary evocation of the fragile and majestic wonders to be found at a far corner of the globe, written by a novelist who is a renowned travel writer. Poignant and playful, the novel recalls the experimentation of high-modernist fiction without compromising a limpid sense of place or the pace of its narrative. It is a portrait of a man in extremis, a haunting and at times irreverent tale that approaches the greatest challenge of our age—perhaps of our entire history as a species—from an impassioned human angle.
 

About Ilija Trojanow

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Ilija Trojanow is a German novelist and travel writer, the author of many books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Collector of Worlds, Along the Ganges, and Mumbai to Mecca. His autobiographical debut novel was adapted into the award-winning film The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Just Around the Corner. A vocal critic of domestic surveillance and the NSA, Trojanow was at the center of a cause célèbre in 2013 when the United States refused him entry.
Author Residence: NYC & New Hampshire
Author Hometown: Germany
 
Published May 3, 2016 by Verso. 174 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ken Kalfus on May 06 2016

To appreciate The Lamentations of Zeno, we don’t have to share Zeno’s apocalyptic pessimism. The world’s nations may still slow climate change and mitigate at least some of its consequences.

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