Ambitious epic is a far from easy read

Anathem. By Neal Stephenson. Atlantic Books, €19

8th November, 2008

Anathem. By Neal Stephenson. Atlantic Books, €19

As an exponent of the more cerebral variety of science fiction, Neal Stephenson’s books are not for the fainthearted.

Readers of his work are more likely to find themselves dealing with complex mathematical and philosophical issues than with the standard cliches associated with the genre. In Anathem, his latest (and, frankly, huge) book, he takes this approach to an interesting new extreme, delving in depth into...

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