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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Review of The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I have just posted a review of Richard Powers 2006 novel, The Echo Maker. Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind.

Although the novel won a host of literary awards, I am a little more sceptical about its value both as a novel, and as an exploration of the "two cultures" of science and literature.

The full review can be read here: The Echo Maker.

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