July 16, 1945. The world's first atomic mushroom cloud rises above New Mexico desert. At the moment of detonation, the men responsible for the bomb, the physicists Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard, suddenly find themselves thrown forward in time to the year 2003.
As they adjust to life in the 'future', Ann, a librarian, and her doting husband, Ben, befriend them. How the charismatic, time-travelling scientists affect both modern America and the marriage of these two ordinary people, is the subject of Lydia Millet's heroically mischievous tragicomedy.
Oh Pure and Radiant Heart was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
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Three scientists, Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard and Enrico Fermi, formed the core of the team that developed the atomic bomb. As they realise what has happened to them, they are consumed by guilt at the impact of their brainchild. This book presents their story, a fiction of responsibility and guilt, and the terrors of our nuclear world.Review:
"A risky, cheeky and unforgettable tour de force... Millet writes beautifully, and almost every page has a quotable line... Oh Pure and Radiant Heart is a melancholy account of how men, and cultures, go wrong, and a love story about trust and persistence. It is shocking, hilarious and meaningful. More please" ( Scotsman)
"Subversive, shocking, pertinent... Combining the personal and the political... A sweeping tour de force" ( Esquire)
"Possesses the nervy irreverence of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller... Genius" ( Vanity Fair)
"One of my favourite contemporary American writers, Millet never repeats a trick and has invented more than a few" (Jonathan Lethem)
"A risky, cheeky and unforgettable tour de force... It is shocking, hilarious and meaningful. More please" (Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday)
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Book Description Vintage, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 464 pages. 7.80x5.00x1.10 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099499436