36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
Psychologist Cass Seltzer's book, The Variety of Religious Illusion, has become a surprise runaway bestseller. Dubbed 'the atheist with a soul', Cass's sudden celebrity has upended his life and brought back the ghosts of his past. Over the course of one week, Cass's theories about our need to keep faith are borne out in ways he could never have imagined. 36 Arguments for the Existence of God is a stunningly original novel, which explores the varieties of the human religious experience in a story of obsession, consuming love, and divine genius. By turns hilarious, moving and devilishly clever, Goldstein's novel is an exhilarating romance of heart and mind.
'A hilarious novel about people's existential agonies, a page-turner about the intellectual mysteries that obsess them. The characters in 36 Arguments for the Existence of God explore the great moral issues of our day in a novel that is deeply moving and a joy to read.' Jonathan Safran Foer 'Brilliant' Christopher Hitchens 'When a writer is as clever as Goldstein, it does not seem fair that she should also write with charm, humour and emotional acuity - [An] ingenious and heart-warming novel - One of the literary hits of the year.' Mail on Sunday 'Rebecca Goldstein - looks like Rapunzel but thinks like Wittgenstein - 36 Arguments for the Existence of God is a vast rambling fiction - that is frighteningly impressive - To read her is to take a crash course in post-theological debate but also to lose yourself in a cast of dazzlingly bright characters.' The Times 'Hilariously irreverent' Financial Times 'A feast of ideas' TLS
Rebecca Goldstein's novels include The Mind-Body Problem and Mazel, winner of the 1995 National Jewish Book Award. Her most recent book, Betraying Spinoza won the 2006 Koret International Jewish Book Award. She is the recipient of MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Radcliffe fellowships and in 2005 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.