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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, a thrilling and timely novel of the human soul

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Overstory, a thrilling and timely novel of the human soul
After years of living abroad, a young writer, Richard, returns to the United States to take up the position of Humanist-in-Residence at the Centre for the Study of Advanced Sciences.

There he encounters Philip Lentz, a brilliant and outspoken cognitive neurologist who involves him in an outlandish and irresistible experiment: to train a neural net of computers – Helen – to model the human brain through reading a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the machine grows gradually more worldly, until she demands to know her own age, sex, race and reason for existing…

Galatea 2.2 is a dazzling novel of ideas that explores why we make the choices we do.

‘An ingenious, ambitious, at times dizzily cerebral work… It soars and spins… The novel attains an aching, melancholy beauty’
New York Times

Reviews

It’s not possible for Powers to write an uninteresting book... If Powers were an American writer of the nineteenth century, which writer would he be? He’d probably be the Herman Melville of Moby-Dick. His picture is that big

Margaret Atwood, New York Review of Books

Powers...can nail emotional complexities with precision, while using his characters to explore how emerging technologies might shape our lives

Daily Telegraph

Dazzling... A cerebral thriller that's both intellectually engaging and emotionally compelling. A lively tour de force

New York Times

An extraordinary and brilliant novel of ideas

Time Out

Tense and heartbreaking

Los Angeles Times

An ingenious, ambitious, at times dizzily cerebral work... It soars and spins... The novel attains an aching, melancholy beauty

New York Times

A splendid intellectual adventure [and] a heartbreaking love story

Washington Post

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  • Paperback

    9781784709716

    November 5, 2019

    Vintage

    352 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781473562158

    November 7, 2019

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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