The French Mathematician

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Penguin Books, 1997 - France - 422 pages
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The French mathematician is Evariste Galois, brilliant and tragic, whose work was dismissed by his contemporaries. A fervent Republican in post-Revolutionary France, Galois was imprisoned at the age of 20 and died a year later in a mysterious early-morning duel. Vivid in its depiction of a life in an age of Romanticism, this is a spirited, allusive and moving account of a young man caught in the tensions between history and the individual, order and chaos, and genius and self-destructiveness.

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User Review  - shushokan - LibraryThing

A book about a notable French (in case you'd missed the title) mathematician. Written as a biography cum novel. Our eponymous hero often talks to his "biographer" in the hope that history will ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Australian poet and novelist Petsinis makes his American debut with an engaging historical drama: the political and religious tumult of early-19th-century France seethes behind the life of a ... Read full review


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Petsinis is a novelist, poet and playwright

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