The “poetry you find in science” in Cartarescu’s Blinding

Romanian author Mircea Cartarescu’s massive novel Blinding is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time – and I’m only 80 pages in. It’s a dream autobiography/family history, heavily influenced by scientific ideas and metaphors. The author described his thinking to Bookforum:

It is the point at which science is unified with poetry, with geography, with mathematics, with religion, with everything you can imagine. Three quarters of the books I read are scientific books. I’m very fond of the poetry you find in science. I read a lot about subatomic physics, biology, entomology, the physiology of the brain, and so on. I’ve always thought that being alive is a great gift, one that should be explored.

If you like science in poetry or literature, this book is worth checking out.

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2 responses to “The “poetry you find in science” in Cartarescu’s Blinding

  1. I love combining science and literature, SF etc. I write a lot of science based poetry and essays myself. I will definitely check this out.
    Thank you!

    • One thing to be aware of is that it’s on the experimental end of the spectrum – it’s been called Pynchonesque, although in many ways it’s also very different from works like Gravity’s Rainbow. I love it, but some people hate stuff like that.

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