The Solitude of Prime Numbers is a novel by the Italian author Paolo Giordano, published in . Fernanda – Alice's mother who, towards the end of the book, dies of breast cancer. Giada Savarino, Federica and Giulia Mazzoldi Mirandi – Viola's . The Solitude of Prime Numbers book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A bestselling international literary sensation abo. Called “The Solitude of Prime Numbers,” it won Italy's most coveted book prize, the Premio Strega. Because Italy does not have a robust.

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His story is a quiet one, but his strong writing and unforgettable characters make his book a page turner. The Solitude of Prime Numbers is sad, dark and perfect. The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel and millions of other books are . Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction. By Paolo Giordano The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel (Reprint) on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Excellent Book.

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Shaun Whiteside's translation is exemplary and the acute descriptions of teenage competitiveness, angst and aspiration bring to mind Alan Warner's writing. He is working on a doctorate in particle physics.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers, his first novel, has sold over a million copies in its native Italian, and is being translated into twenty languages. Rating details.

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Mattia exorcizes his emotional turmoil, his guilt, by cutting and burning himself. When, well into his 20s, he manages his first one-night stand and loses his virginity not to Alice , terrible memories come flooding back.

In the darkness he brought his finger to his mouth and sucked it. The taste of the blood calmed him for a few seconds.

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They seem like the perfect soulmates, providing one another the solace they fail to find elsewhere. They come tantalizingly close to uniting, in a dance that Giordano describes in the quantum dimension with transfixing space-time detail. The novel gets its title and poignant mathy conceit from Mattia, a mathematics whiz, who sees something of himself and Alice in prime numbers, numbers divisible only by one and themselves and numbers thought to have a fundamental connection to quantum physics.

In his first year at university, he becomes especially enamoured of "twin primes," two primes that are close to one another, like 17 and 19, "but there is always an even number that prevents them from truly touching. This second thought struck him mostly at night, in the chaotic interweaving of images that comes before sleep, when the mind is too weak to tell itself lies.

Review: The Solitude of Prime Numbers, by Paolo Giordano

The cruelty of the punishments they impose on themselves and the delicacy of their rapprochement which gathers momentum only to jerk back, as if yanked by an invisible choke-chain form an ominous, fitful dance that only they can share. And yet, as Mattia and Alice grow older, goodhearted men and women fall for them, drawn by their diffidence. What is it that sometimes leads people to endow troubled, broken, self-involved figures with mysterious powers of attraction?

Do their frailties and fractured perceptions make them more interesting than strong, well-rounded partners?

View all New York Times newsletters. For Nadia, a translator in the foreign city where Mattia studies, his weirdness compels her. But whatever it is, I think I like it.

Meanwhile, back in Italy, a young doctor named Fabio courts Alice. He easily could win the love of a warm, sane, caring, capable woman, but instead woos wounded, remote Alice, who conceals her anorexia and eyes Fabio with revulsion as he chews his evening meal. He perceives too late the one-sidedness of their bond.

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Denis had struggles with his sexual identity-but by developing an honest friendship with Mattia — genuinely being friends —-we got to witness positive loving acceptance. Date published: Alice lives with her parents and has always defied them in some way.

Then I saw a 4 star review from Marialyce. These events deeply affect the lives of both Alice and Mattia. Invited to a party with her, he deserts her on a bench intending to fetch her later.