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Drawn from the life of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors of his time,Lightning is a captivating tale of one man’s curious fascination with the marvels of science.

Hailed by the Washington Post as “the most distinctive voice of his generation,” Echenoz traces the notable career of Gregor, a precocious young engineer from Eastern Europe, who travels across the Atlan
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by The New Press (first published September 23rd 2010)
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Hakan T
Jun 13, 2015 Hakan T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Echenoz okumak büyük bir keyif. Üç kısa biyografik romanından besteci Ravel ve atlet Zapotek hakkındakileri daha önce okumuştum. Bu da ünlü mucit Nikola Tesla'nın sıradışı ama hüzünlü hayat hikayesi. Echenoz'nun rahat, akıcı ve de nüktedan üslubu, anlatılan konunun ilginçliğinin ötesinde bir tad veriyor. Adeta karşınızda sizinle sohbet eden biri var hissi uyandırıyor. Tesla'nın yaratıcı olduğu kadar saplantılı, antisosyal, aseksüel, paraya önem vermeyen, dolayısıyla icatlarını maddi kazanca dönü ...more
Miray B Y
Jan 31, 2016 Miray B Y rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nikola Tesla'nın enteresan hayatı konu alınmış. Çok tarz bir anlatım şekli var, tabii çevirmeni de tebrik etmek lazım.
Monica Carter
Sep 30, 2011 Monica Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june-2011
It's also evident, by the way, that Gregor prefers to be alone and live alone in general, and to look at himself in mirrors rather than at other people, and to do without women even though they find him very attractive: he's quite handsome, quite tall, brilliant, has a way with words, he's not yet forty, and he's available. Even though he's certainly not indifferent, given that he's not any fonder of men, the the fact that women cluster discreetly around him, so far Gregor apparently prefers th
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Emanuela
Come descritto nella quarta di copertina questa è una possibile biografia di Nikola Tesla, scienziato e studioso di elettricità a cui va il merito di aver scoperto la corrente alternata che ha permesso la grande distribuzione di questa forma energetica, con le applicazioni che tutti conosciamo.
Nel romanzo non si fa mai il nome del vero studioso che viene chiamato Gregor, questo probabilmente perché buona parte delle storia, soprattutto quella terminale, si basa su sporadici documenti e testimon
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Sezinur Balıkçıoğlu
Bu okuduğum ikinci kitabı ve Echenoz kendine has anlatımıyla benim için özel yazarlardan biri oluyor diyebilirim. Diğer kitaplarını da en kısa zamanda okuyacağım...
Papatya Taşpınar
Jean Echenoz gelmiş, karşınıza oturmuş, tesla'yı anlatıyor: alternatif akımın mucidi, radyo, radar, röntgen ve hatta internetin fikren sahibi. siz de sanki eliniz çenenizde dinliyorsunuz onu. yazarın biyografiye yaklaşımı çok iyi, çok insancıl. dünyanın en büyük icatlarını yapmış kişinin zayıflıklarını, yanlışlarını, uğradığı haksızlıkları ve aldatılmalarını o kadar güzel anlatıyor ki, hem bir mesafe koyuyorsunuz araya tesla'nın kendini beğenmiş, takıntılı ve sinir bozucu hallerinden ötürü, hem ...more
Jason
Aug 28, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, novella
This short novella is a beautifully wrought miniature of Nikola Tesla. It begins with his birth, ends with his death, and roughly covers everything major in between -- although oddly fictionalizes the name of the main character calling him "Gregor", even though the other characters have their real names (e.g., Edison and Westinghouse) and it has an almost non fiction level of accuracy in depicting Tesla's life.

The narrative conveys both the wonder of invention and Tesla's madness, as well as the
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Greg
Dec 14, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
I'm filing this under "cautionary tales of eccentric genius." Echenoz's lighter-than-air novelization of the life of Nikola Tesla (re-branded as "Gregor") was a perfectly satisfying way to spend a couple hours. Its narrative arc is that of a genius whose ability to think outside the box and leapfrog over others' ideas loses in time its anchor in reality, becoming a way of avoiding reality. That dark irony is what gives weight to a novel that is otherwise all surface and velocity. In spite of esc ...more
Yves Gounin
Dec 05, 2011 Yves Gounin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Au risque de rompre l'unanimisme enthousiaste qui a entouré la sortie du dernier opus de Jean Echenoz, j'avoue ma déception.
J'adore Echenoz. J'ai tout lu de lui. C'est prétentieux ; mais c'est vrai ! Ça l'est d'autant qu'il excelle dans le style bref qui fait la marque des Éditions de Minuit. Une prose ciselée. Un humour froid et doux.
Mais depuis trois livres j'ai un problème avec Echenoz.
Certes son style inimitable est toujours là.
Mais ces trois biographies romancées (le pianiste Ravel, le cou
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Yoy
Aug 05, 2014 Yoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wat voorafging: ergens lang geleden, ten tijde van Edison, liep een bijzondere uitvinder rond die onder meer de uitvinder van de wisselstroom kan genoemd worden. Recenter loopt hier ergens een geniale schrijver rond, Echenoz, die in het leven van Tesla een schitterend boek ziet. Dit levert het schitterende gefictionaliseerde verhaal van Tesla's leven, met het personage Gregor dat gebaseerd is op Tesla, en dat er bovendien heel erg op lijkt.

Wie is Gregor?
Geboren tijdens een daverend onweer, erge
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Monica
Jan 15, 2016 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relámpagos es una ficción sin pretensiones biográficas basada en la vida del ingeniero e inventor mítico Nikola Tesla. Jean Echenoz nos traslada a la soledad de los genios. Gregor es un genio, con numerosísimas patentes (del que se aprovecharon otros inventores, como Edison o Marconi) que inventó todo lo que va a ser útil durante los próximos siglos desde la radio, hasta la corriente alterna, pasando por la bombilla sin filamento. Pero su incapacidad para las relaciones humanas provocará que otr ...more
Panagiotis
Apr 12, 2015 Panagiotis rated it really liked it
Not many people know the exact impact of the work of Nikola Tesla to the scientific world and to the modern society in general. This ambiguous scientist is mostly known for his modern alternating current electricity supply system but he is behind the conceptualization of many other amazing inventions that have changed our lives significantly like the x-rays, or the radio.

In this book Jean Echenoz tries to give us a short overview of the life events that lead, or might had lead to all the importa
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Jonfaith
Oct 11, 2014 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing
Terse and yet as frenetic as the currents of Tesla's imagination. This is a stunning portrait of a harvester of nature, yet one shipwrecked on a human mound which was nearly incomprehensible. This is a screaming quick novel, punctuated, oh-so-strangely by a reflection on the nature of pigeons.
Sinem
Dec 30, 2014 Sinem rated it it was amazing
Farklı bir dille yazılmış farklı bir hayat
Will E
Jan 17, 2016 Will E rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, french
I had no idea Edison was such an asshole!
GONZA
Jul 25, 2012 GONZA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perché non dire chiaramente Tesla?
Bob
Nov 05, 2012 Bob rated it really liked it
Lightning: A Novel, a small volume from a new hybrid genre of fictionalized biography, insinuated its way into my towering library borrowings stack. It was a quick read with an educational payoff.

This is biography as storytelling, a narrative speculation on the life of neurotic, revolutionary inventor Nikola Tesla. The fictionalized specific events, closely based on the history of Tesla's inventions, and the author's speculations into Tesla's emotional state as the picaresque tale of his busines

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Emmett
Nov 28, 2011 Emmett rated it liked it
In a review of Tom McCarthy's C from last year, I noted that McCarthy's novel--despite its much-vaunted use of ideas from second-wave cybernetics and Systems Theory--was really an updated version of naturalism that shares more in common with Thomas Hardy than the formal innovations of Modernism. The main innovation in C is that, instead of making its protagonist a Christ-like innocent as in Jude the Obscure, the main character, Serge, is a flat, affectless figure typical of "postmodern" texts. I ...more
Aaron (Typographical Era)
Apr 25, 2012 Aaron (Typographical Era) rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook, 2012
Make no mistake about it, the protagonist of Jean Echenoz latest novella Lightning, the third and final entry in his “three lives” trilogy, may be named Gregor for some unknown reason, but he is really meant to be a fictional representation of the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla. Why Echenoz chose to use a fake name for Tesla, but not any of the major players he interacted with over the course of his entire lifetime, famous folk like Westinghouse, Edison, and J.P. Morgan is a bit baffling, but l ...more
Pamela
Lightning is a relatively short, surprisingly accurate retelling of Nikola Tesla's life story as a novel. It is told in the first person, almost as if we were hearing the narrator relate this at a cocktail party. M. Echenoz has a open, friendly way of writing that feels very immediate and he tends to involve the reader directly into the story with witticisms and asides directed at the audience.

Everything is here. Tesla's work with Edison, his developement of alternating current for Westinghouse
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Theut
May 23, 2013 Theut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La premessa è che dietro a Gregor, il protagonista, si cela Nikola Tesla (chi?!??!?): nome conosciuto solo come misura dell'induzione magnetica.
Quindi era anche una persona. Bene, io ho sempre pensato a un acronimo...
Lui è strampalato, anzi, strano proprio. Figura geniale, affascinante ma, diciamolo, francamente irritante la sua arroganza, il suo disinteresse per tutto, le sue manie.
Però (perché, diciamocelo, c'è sempre un però). Però Echenoz riesce a prendere un nome attualmente poco conosciuto
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Jan
Gregor is quite a remarkable character. On the one hand he is a brilliant, beta scientist; so one would think he is exact; one the other hand he has all these general ideas which he doesn’t care to work out in more exact details before going ‘on the market’ and thus showing himself as a somewhat naive person. On the one hand he is a shy person, living by himself in hotels; on the other hand he wants to show off publicly his inventions.
These contradictions, and more, are in good hands with Jean E
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Keith
Jul 24, 2012 Keith rated it it was amazing
This elegant fable follows the rise and fall of Gregor, a brilliant inventor modeled on Nikolai Tesla.After he immigrates from Eastern Europe, Gregor befriends Thomas Edison, then becomes his rival in the burgeoning field of electricity and global communication. Like many great men, Gregor is alternately worshipped and ridiculed as a crackpot. And like many geniuses, his intellectual gifts outshine his social skills and business savvy. Echinoz is hardly the first writer to fictionalize Tesla, wh ...more
Alejandro Sierra
Novela basada en la vida y circunstancias de Nikola Tesla, su personalidad, su genio, sus extravagancias y sus obsesiones. El mundo moderno le debe mucho a Tesla, el sistema de generación y distribución de energía eléctrica, la radiofonía (Marconi usó sus patentes) y su loca idea de un sistema de información global no muy diferente de lo que es ahora la Internet.
Raro de Concurso
Biografía novelada, que no quiere presentarse como un calco de la realidad, pero que bebe directamente de una amplia documentación sobre el ingeniero Nikola Tesla. Un relato breve, pero intenso, sobre la vida de uno de los inventores más prolíficos y más influyentes en la sociedad del S.XX. Inventor de la telegrafía sin hilos, la radio y la corriente alterna, entre otros estudios y aplicaciones sobre magnetismo e inducción electromagnética. También es el relato del clásico científico asocial, ra ...more
Adrian Pais
Oct 28, 2015 Adrian Pais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gracias a la recomendación del programa "Tipitos cultos", accedí a esta interesante narración. Amén del valor literario de la obra, el cual destaco, es una amena manera de inmiscuirnos en la historia de Nikola Tesla y su modo de vivir la ciencia.
Emmanuel Medina
Jan 08, 2014 Emmanuel Medina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La figura enigmática del científico Nikola Tesla sirve como pretexto para contar en una inquietante, breve y nebulosa novelita su historia bajo otro nombre. Si en la película "El Gran Truco", Christopher Nolan ponía a David Bowie a actuar su persona, aquí Jean Echenoz pone a un ser humano, cualquiera, desvalído y lleno de ideas, prácticas unas, asombrosas otras y la mayoría fantasiosas, en la lucha por enfrentar realidad y delirio. Un libro que se lee como beber una buena bebida caliente una tar ...more
Nicolò Bo
Jan 16, 2016 Nicolò Bo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elegante e divertente biografia dell'inventore serbo Nikola Tesla, qui presentato con l'identità di Gregor, genio umorale e sfortunato. Non sorprende che Echenoz sia uno degli scrittori più stimati da parte di Emmanuel Carrère.
Writerlibrarian
A fictional retelling of Nikola Tesla's life, the lead has another name but it's totally inspired by Tesla's life, electricity, inventions and pigeons all included. For the reader who knows Tesla's life, its eccentric life style, his idiocracies, Echenoz blends and condenses perfectly the larger than life character. The omniscient narrator highlights Gregor's many manic tendencies from the number 3, to incessant counting of stairs, people, birds, to his fear of germs. It's a very lucid portrait ...more
Massimiliano Laviola
Prima di leggere questo libro, Tesla era, almeno per me, solo una fredda unità di misura di campi magnetici.
Invece è stato un uomo straordinario al quale dobbiano grandi invenzioni, in gran parte attribuite ad altri inventori (ad esempio la radio a Marconi).
E' il racconto di una vita fatta di alti e bassi, e di grandi manie (i multipli del tre e i piccioni. Insomma un vero "personaggio da film", descritto con grande coinvolgimento. E poi si scoprono una sacco di cose sui personaggi di fine 800 e
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Born December 26 (some sources say 23), 1947, in Orange, France; son of Marc (a psychiatrist) and Annie (an engraver) Echenoz; children: Jerome Arthur. Education: Attended Université d'Aix en Provence and Université de Paris (Sorbonne).
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