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  • Published: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784709716
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99
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Galatea 2.2




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

  • Pub date: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784709716
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Richard Powers

Richard Powers is the author of twelve novels, including Orfeo (which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), The Echo Maker, The Time of Our Singing, Galatea 2.2 and Plowing the Dark. He is the recipient of a MacArthur grant and the National Book Award, and has been a Pulitzer Prize and four-time NBCC finalist. He lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Praise for Galatea 2.2

“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

“Extraordinary. Entertainment of a very high order… One of the best books of the year”

GQ

“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

“Nothing less than brilliant”

John Updike


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