AOT #268: Paolo Giordano Podcasts The Solitude of Prime Numbers
Paolo Giordano, a professional physicist with a Ph.D. in Particle Physics, is the youngest-ever winner of Italy’s prestigious literary award, the Premio Strega, for his debut novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers. Giordano reads from and discusses the new paperback edition of the novel, a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and what it means to be human. A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both “primes”-misfits haunted by early tragedies. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. Years later, a chance encounter reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface. But can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together?