The Book of Immortality

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Doubleday Canada, 20 aug. 2013 - 320 pagini

What have we not done to live forever? Adam Leith Gollner, the critically acclaimed author of The Fruit Hunters, weaves together religion, science, and mythology in a gripping exploration of the most universal of human obsessions: immortality.
 
Raised without religion, Adam Leith Gollner was struck by mankind’s tireless efforts to cheat aging and death. In a narrative that pivots between profundity and hilarity, he brings us into the world of those whose lives are shaped by a belief in immortality. From a Jesuit priest on his deathbed to anti-aging researchers at Harvard, Gollner--sorting truth from absurdity--canvasses religion and science for insight, along with an array of cults, myths, and fringe figures.
 
He journeys to David Copperfield’s archipelago in the Bahamas, where the magician claims to have found “a liquid that reverses genes.” He explores a cryonics facility, attends a costume party set in the year 2068 with a group of radical life-extensionists, and soaks in the transformative mineral waters at the Esalen Institute. Looking to history, Gollner visits St. Augustine, Florida, where Ponce de Leon is thought to have sought the fountain of youth.
 
Combining immersive reporting, rigorous research, and lyrical prose, Gollner charts the rise of longevity science from its alchemical beginnings to modern-day genetic interventions. He delves into the symbolic representation of eternal life and its connection to water. Interlaced throughout is a compelling meditation on the nature of belief, showing how every story we tell about immortality is a story about the meaning of death.
“Part journalist, part detective, part scientist” (New York Post), Adam Leith Gollner has written a rollicking and revelatory examination of our age-old notion of living forever.

 

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Former Vice editor Gollner (The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession, 2008) may have felt he would need to achieve immortality in order to write this comprehensive, busy ... Citiți recenzia completă

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On Finitude and Infinity
We Bereave We Believe
Journey into Remoteness
The Valley of Astonishment
Lessons of the Teachings
Beneath the Gaze of Eternity
Writ in Water
The Magical Fountain
Dividing the Invisible
Almost Real
Lets Run into the Waves and Spring Back to Life
Science
Springs Eternal
Acknowledgments
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Adam Leith Gollner has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, and Lucky Peach. The former editor of Vice magazine, his first book is The Fruit Hunters, which was recently adapted into a feature-length documentary film. He lives in Montreal.

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