Suzie Gibson reviews 'Saint Antony in His Desert' by Anthony Uhlmann

Suzie Gibson reviews 'Saint Antony in His Desert' by Anthony Uhlmann

Saint Antony in His Desert

by Anthony Uhlmann

UWA Publishing, $26.99 pb, 184 pp, 9781742589787

Suzie Gibson

Suzie Gibson

Suzie Gibson is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Charles Sturt University. Her research traverses the fields

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With his maiden voyage into fiction, Anthony Uhlmann, a professor of English at Western Sydney University, has produced an ambitious novel that dramatises the intertwining of time and memorySaint Antony in His Desert is a literary thought-experiment partly concerned with a famous quarrel between Albert Einstein and French philosopher Henri-Louis Bergson, where the German physicist’s theory of relativity was unwisely rejected by the latter. Some believe that their disagreement led to the division between philosophy and science. Ingeniously, Uhlmann’s novel seeks to unearth a common ground between these thinkers, and undertakes this task by exploring time as an intuitive, psychological, and even literary phenomenon.

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Published in August 2018, no. 403

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