Dark Matter

Dark Matter

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Sebastian and Oskar have been friends since their days studying physics at university, when both were considered future Nobel Prize candidates. But their lives took divergent paths, as did their scientific views. Whenever Oskar comes to visit from his prestigious research post in Geneva, there is tension in the air, and it doesn't help their friendship that he feels Sebastian has not lived up to his intellectual capacities, having chosen marriage and fatherhood as an exit strategy. A few days after a particularly heated argument between the two men, Sebastian leaves his son sleeping in the back seat while he goes into a service station. When he returns, the car has disappeared without trace. His phone rings and a voice informs him that in order to get his son back he must kill a man. As Sebastian's life unravels, the only person he can safely reach out to is Oskar. Then Detective Schilf comes on the scene, with a most unorthodox method of uncovering the truth.
With intelligence, wit, precision, and grace, Juli Zeh crafts a philosophical thriller which uses the clash of the ideal and the material worlds, the bending of reality, and the search for a definition of time to explore the ideas of guilt and innocence and the infinite configurations of love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 136 x 216 x 28mm | 381.02g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846552087
  • 9781846552083
  • 474,303

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One might think that such perfection, such erudition must leave the reader untouched...but it does not. For that, Zeh's labyrinth is built too cleverly, its corridors are adorned with witty elements, her sentences are of extraordinary brilliance. Die Welt A compelling novel, thrilling yet profound...This book makes for a wonderful read, gripping until the last page. A masterpiece! Financial Times Deutschland
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About Juli Zeh

Juli Zeh was born in 1974 and lives in Brandenburg. She studied International Law, worked with the UN in New York, and completed her studies in Creative Writing. Juli Zeh has won - among others - the Caroline Schlegel Award, German Book Award, Bremen Literature Award, Rauris Literature Award, Holderlin Award for Emerging Talent, Ernst Toller Award, Carl Amery Award, as well as the international Per Olov Enquist Award and the French Prix Cevennes for Best European Novel. Eagles and Angels, which was translated into 30 languages, was longlisted for the international IMPAC Award.
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970 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 23% (219)
4 37% (362)
3 28% (274)
2 9% (88)
1 3% (27)
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