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Author: Alan Lightman Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781504624381
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A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, and people are fated to repeat their triumphs and failures over and over. In another, there is a place where time stands still, visited by lovers and parents clinging to their children. In another, time is a nightingale, sometimes trapped by a bell jar.

Translated into thirty languages, Einstein’s Dreams has inspired playwrights, dancers, musicians, and painters all over the world. In poetic vignettes it explores the connections between science and art, the process of creativity, and ultimately the fragility of human existence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written.”

    Salman Rushdie

  • “Impressionistic…the writing, beautifully simple, conveys better than most texts the strangeness of Einstein’s ideas.”


  • “A magical, metaphysical realm…Captivating, enchanting, delightful.”

    New York Times

  • “Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of time.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Enchanting.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A wonderfully odd, clever, mystical book of meditations on time, poetically spare and delightfully fresh.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A brilliant novel of time in its marvelous flight…gorgeous in its writing, spellbinding and profound in its effects.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Mr. Lightman successfully has combined his talents to create an imaginative work that explores the motivations of a great scientist.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Endlessly fascinating. A beguiling inquiry into the not-at-all theoretical, utterly time-tangled, tragic and sublime nature of human life.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[An] excellent first novel.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A beautiful work of fiction that explores the nature of creativity…takes you as close as you’re likely to get to Einstein’s inner world…Lightman is a wonderful writer.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Flawless, meditative, and brilliant…A work of hypnotic perception, fluent intelligence, and consummate skill.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Few endeavors are more beguiling than a grossly improbable conceit realized with subtlety and wit. Science writer Lightman seems to have mastered this principle: his slender but substantial fictional debut is a daring re-creation of Einstein’s dreams during May and June 1905…Lightman’s speculative prose poem warrants comparison to Calvino’s masterful Invisible Cities.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lightman offers provocative and elegantly wrought speculations on the nature of time.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Alan Lightman is the author of several novels, including Einstein’s Dreams, a New York Times and international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. He is also the author of several collections of essays and numerous books on science. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and Nature, among many other publications. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.

About the Narrator

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) has received the National Book Award, written numerous novels, short stories, plays, and essays. He has been a political activist and as Democratic candidate for Congress from upstate New York, he received the most votes of any Democrat in a half-century.