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A contemporary classic from the Czech Republic. To support his family, a man submits himself to a solo science experiment in the High Andes. A cosmic adventure story of big ideas and murder.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published August 2015 by Barbican Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
There were so many things in this book that should've made it be right up my alley. Instead I feel disappointed and like I wasted my time reading it. Still have no idea what the point of the story of was. This book was classified as science fiction but I would have to disagree with that genre tag. This was fantasy, magical realism, philosophy, or just plain contemporary, but not sci-fi. I'm going to do my best to give a decent review but I'm still upset by how much I didn't enjoy this so I'm hop ...more
Steven Shaviro
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, translated from the Czech, has the *feel* of science fiction, even though it is set in the present, and all the technology in the novel is stuff that actually exists today. The reason for this science-fictional feel is that the narrative is an alienating one, and it involves metaphysical speculation. A Czech man agrees to leave his family and spend a year entirely alone, in the high Andes, at the behest of a mysterious corporation whose rationale is never explained, but which offers h ...more
Katherine
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Translated from the Czech by Hana Sklekova, The Fifth Dimension is a mind-bending exploration of physics, spirituality, humanity, sexuality and the effect of isolation and separation on one’s psyche. It’s not a light read at all, but it is compelling.

Read my full review on Literogo.
Rob P
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
NOTHING IS RESOLVED
Sure it's cute to keep things up in the air, but considering so much of this novel is driven by mystery, to end with absolutely nothing clarified is an extreme waste of time. Not as bad as the pseudo-intellectual ramblings about the nature of the universe, but close. It's like 'Sophie's World' except the only thing that goes anywhere is his imagination.
Jan Klat
Začátek zajímavý, ale postupně se zamotává a přestává dávat smysl. Mix teorií obecné relativity a kvantové mechaniky s "něčím mystickým". Nejsem puritán, ale autorova posedlost sexem mi přišla přehnaná.
Koeur
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher: Barbican

Publishing Date: August 2015

ISBN: 9781909954090

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.8/5

Publisher Description: Your business is dead. It seems like a deal – leave your family behind in Prague for a year, isolate yourself in a research station in the Andes, and come home with a fortune. With a treatise on black holes for company, Jakob settles in at altitude. The air is thin. Strangers pass by on dangerous pilgrimage while his young wife and kids take li
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Ted Mahsun
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Martin Vopenka's novel, though given the label of science fiction, reads more like a magical realist escapade through philosophy, sprinkled with liberal doses of space-time theories. The result is a novel that reads more like Milan Kundera rather than something more traditionally placed in the realm of science fiction.

The Fifth Dimension starts out promisingly. A Czech man, Jakub, who built a successful career in construction after the fall of Communism suddenly finds himself broke after his bus
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Russell
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
The first third of the book, the setup for the experiment, was well written and surprisingly engaging for what was essentially an extended prologue. Once Jakub arrives at this bunker in the mountains I was expecting a exploration of his solitary life and the continuation of existential crisis he had been going through in Prague. To certain extent that is what you get and perhaps I would have enjoyed the novel more if it had been limited to that. But life on the mountain never seems as solitary a ...more
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