A New Scientist "best book of the year"
A Daily Beast "favourite book of 2012"
"A riveting read... excellent."
-- Elaine Storkey, BBC Radio 3
"An epic inquiry into the human desire to defy death – and how to overcome it.
Cave traces the histories of each of his four immortality narratives through the world’s great religions, heroes, leaders, thinkers and stories. It’s an epic tale of human folly, featuring a cast of characters including Gilgamesh, Dante, Frankenstein, the King of Qin, Alexander the Great and the Dalai Lama.
Cave, a Berlin-based writer and former diplomat, is an admirably clear elucidator, stripping down arguments to their essences and recounting them without any unnecessary jargon… [he] follows the right path to the right conclusion, rightly stated."
-- The Financial Times
"Stephen Cave's Immortality is a must-read exploration of what spurs human ingenuity.
Every once in a while a book comes along that catches me by surprise and provides me with an entirely new lens through which to view the world. My surprise is even greater when that "aha" moment comes within my own field of expertise. Such is the case with Stephen Cave's book Immortality.
Many will resist Cave's premise, but I think he is right on point. He presents an extremely compelling case - one that has changed my view of the driving force of civilisation as much as Jared Diamond did years ago with his brilliant book Guns, Germs and Steel. I won't tell you Cave's vision of where he thinks it will all end up - I'll leave that mystery for you to discover for yourself. This is a must read."
-- The New Scientist
“In his survey of the subject, Stephen Cave, a British philosopher, argues that man’s various tales of immortality can be boiled down into four basic “narratives”… For the aspiring undying, Mr Cave unfortunately concludes that immortality is a mirage. But his demolition project is fascinating in its own right. … If anything, readers might want more of Mr Cave’s crisp conversational prose.”
-- The Economist
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