The Diagnosis

The Diagnosis

By Alan Lightman

Vintage, Paperback, 9780375725500, 384pp.

Publication Date: February 19, 2002

From the bestselling author of "Einstein's Dreams "comes this harrowing tale of one man's struggle to cope in a wired world, even as his own biological wiring short-circuits. As Boston's Red Line shuttles Bill Chalmers to work one summer morning, something extraordinary happens. Suddenly, he can't remember which stop is his, where he works, or even who he is. The only thing he can remember is his corporate motto: the maximum information in the minimum time.
Bill's memory returns, but a strange numbness afflicts him. As he attempts to find a diagnosis for his deteriorating illness, he descends into a nightmarish tangle of inconclusive results, his company's manic frenzy, and his family's disbelief. Ultimately, Bill discovers that he is fighting not just for his body but also for his soul.

About the Author
Alan Lightman, Ph.D., currently Senior Lecturer in Physics at M.I.T., received the Association of American Publishers Award for the best book in physical science for Origins. His writing appears in the "Atlantic", "Granta", "Harpers", "The New Yorker", "The New York Review of Books", and elsewhere. He is the author of "The New York Times" bestseller, "Einstein's Dreams" and "Good Benito".

Praise For The Diagnosis

“Original and grimly unsentimental…. A major accomplishment, written in austerely beautiful prose.”–The Washington Post Book World

“A funny, troubling story about our culture’s devotion to technology
at the expense of humanity…. Clever and wise, a rare combination.”–San Francisco Chronicle

“Although the world around Bill ‘is diminished to the most feeble red light,’ the novel, at last, burns brightly.”–The New Yorker

“A searing vision of our helter-skelter and spiritually debilitating technocracy.”–The Chicago Tribune