The Mathematician's Shiva

  • by Stuart Rojstaczer
  • Narrated by Angela Brazil, Stephen R. Thorne
  • 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the greatest female mathematician in history passes away, her son, Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch, just wants to mourn his mother in peace. But rumor has it the notoriously eccentric Polish émigré has solved one of the most difficult problems in all of mathematics and has spitefully taken the solution to her grave. As a ragtag group of mathematicians from around the world descends upon Rachela's shiva, determined to find the proof or solve it for themselves - even if it means prying up the floorboards for notes or desperately scrutinizing the mutterings of her African Grey parrot - Sasha must come to terms with his mother's outsized influence on his life.
Spanning decades and continents, from a crowded living room in Madison, Wisconsin, to the windswept beach on the Barents Sea where a young Rachela had her first mathematical breakthrough, The Mathematician's Shiva is an unexpectedly moving and uproariously funny novel that captures humanity's drive not just to survive but to achieve the impossible.


What the Critics Say

"An enjoyable debut, the book is distinguished by a fluid, lyrical style that is equally at home with serious and comic matters." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great read

I truly enjoyed this novel- humorous and engaging- it held my attention.
The narrator was fantastic.
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- Lee Crowe

Enjoyable listening despite several mispronunciations!

Having been a "Mathlete" in high school, and growing up with Yiddish-speaking grandparents and parents, the book had special appeal to me. The accents were "close", however, the pronunciation of several of the Yiddish words was inaccurate, and, as a result, somewhat distracting. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the readers very much.
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- Lisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-14-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio