Isaac Asimov – The End of Eternity

A precious stone of shinig ethic

In order to fully enjoy this precious literary gem, we must undertake a small task, which entails going beyond the stereotypical literary genres.
Once we have done that, we have to let the Eternals’ spirals to move us. They are, in fact, the only people who are able to manipulate past and future by travelling back and forth in time.

Technician Harlan, by exploiting the butterfly effect, has the task to eliminate all the past’s imperfections which could, in future, trigger wars, sufferings and tragedies.
The story develops twist after twist, until Harlan has to choose between humanity’s goodness and his heart’s feelings.

The path takes shape by the several questions the main character asks himself and the readers: questions to which Asimov guides us with good logic and precise answers.

This book is a deep meditation about time and space. It’s a study both on eternity itself but also on its deepest meaning. A way through time paradoxes through which the readers can meditate about which kind of ethic they must employ to survive with dignity.

Despite being written 60 years ago and published in 1955, the novel is still relevant now.
It is a masterpiece of creativity and style.

Translation by Francesca Pietroboni (edited by Sabrina Macchi)

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Giorgio Olivari
Giorgio Olivari was born in Brescia in June 1964. He received a technology-oriented education, and works as an industrial design R&D professional. After his first forty years spent as a reader he discovers writing by chance. The twist of fate is his enrollment in a Writing School. After that, sparks begin to fly and soon the fire is set. A fire that turns into tales, stories and thoughts, some of which collected in the book “Pretesti Sensibili” published by BESA Editrice in 2008. “Futili Emotivi”, his first short story collection, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010, after winning the first prize at the 2009 Praeder Willi literary contest.