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Tesla : A Portrait with Masks
by Vladimir Pistalo and Bogdan Rakic and John Jeffries


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An electric novel of the extraordinary life of one of the twentieth century's most prodigious and colorful inventors

Nikola Tesla was a man forever misunderstood. From his boyhood in what is present-day Croatia, where his father, a Serbian Orthodox priest, dismissed his talents, to his tumultuous years in New York City, where his heated rivalry with Thomas Edison yielded triumphs and failures, Tesla was both demonized and lionized.  Read more...


 
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Overview

An electric novel of the extraordinary life of one of the twentieth century's most prodigious and colorful inventors

Nikola Tesla was a man forever misunderstood. From his boyhood in what is present-day Croatia, where his father, a Serbian Orthodox priest, dismissed his talents, to his tumultuous years in New York City, where his heated rivalry with Thomas Edison yielded triumphs and failures, Tesla was both demonized and lionized. "Tesla" captures the whirlwind years of the dawn of the electrical age, when his flair for showmanship kept him in the public eye. For every successful invention the alternating current electrical system and wireless communication among them there were hundreds of others. But what of the man behind the image? Vladimir Pistalo reveals the inner life of a man haunted by the loss of his older brother, a man who struggled with flashes of madness and brilliance whose mistrust of institutional support led him to financial ruin. "Tesla: A Portrait with Masks" is an impassioned account of a visionary whose influence is still felt today."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781555976972
  • ISBN-10: 1555976972
  • Publisher: Graywolf Pr
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 452
  • Dimensions: 1.25 x 6.25 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.38 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Serbian writer Pištalo’s novel gives a compelling fictionalized account of inventor Nikola Tesla’s inscrutable and solitary life. From a young age, Tesla forsook love as a fool’s distraction that impeded work and serious studies. He worked as a professor in Croatia before moving to the United States in search of Thomas Edison, the greatest inventor of his time. Much to Tesla’s dismay, he soon finds Edison to be a hack who steals ideas from others. He quits his job under Edison and bounces around before finding space to invent again. Soon after, Tesla invents the alternating current electrical system—perhaps his most notable creation. As a result of his success, Tesla meets some of the world’s most important and famous figures, including a memorable encounter with Mark Twain (“If you don’t count thinking,” Tesla tells Twain, “I’m the laziest man in the world”). But his life remains lonely and as Tesla watches many of those around him succumb to disease, addiction, and age, he remains solitary to a fault. The book is episodic with some narration tics: for instance, at times, the unnamed narrator breaks the fourth wall. The book does not rise to the level of mythos associated with Tesla’s story, and is less biography than a fragmented set of impressions, but Pištalo’s thorough account of a great man’s personality and habits is done to fine effect. (Jan.)

 
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