Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor
"This is the most intriguing novel I've read in many a year. Irvin Yalom has created a taut, deeply informative page turner. I enthusiastically recommend "The Spinoza Problem.""
Jay Parini, author of "The Last Station" and "The Passages of H.M.""Spinoza had no 'real life' outside his reading and writing: he lived in his brilliant mind. So how do you write about a philosopher--a writer beloved of Goethe, Schopenhauer, and so many other thinkers--who spent most of his time in thought? And how do you regard Spinoza--a Jew whose work helped to usher in the Enlightenment--if, indeed, you're a Nazi? Irvin Yalom is just the writer to take on such a problem, and he solves it, with his own novelistic brilliance, in this vibrant book. In my view, Yalom is one of the most eclectic, wide-ranging, and dazzling writers of our time." Martin E. P. Seligman, author of "Flourish""Irvin Yalom is the most significant writer of psychological fiction in the world today. I didn't think he could top "When Nietzsche Wept" or "The Schopenhauer Cure," but he has. "The Spinoza Problem" is a masterpiece." Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego
"Irvin Yalom's "The Spinoza Problem" is an amazing novel that combines fact and fiction in a spell-binding manner. Little is known about the psyche of either Baruch Spinoza or Alfred Rosenberg, yet using his extraordinary ability to peer into the minds of his patients, Dr. Yalom has produced a rare gem in existing literature. Only an incomparably gifted author could write such a fascinating and thought-provoking novel. A real page-turner."
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of "-Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity""The great-souled psychiatrist has written a novel about the great-souled philosopher. Ambitious, erudite, and engaging, "The Spinoza Problem"'s interweaving tale forces a reader to confront the fundamentalshow more