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 the last century. He has been a professional in the field of industrial design for more than thirty years. After the first forty years as a reader he discovered writing by chance: a life’s joke. His forever partner enrolls him in a creative writing course: maybe for fun, more likely to get rid of him. A spark that, once lit, does not go out but becomes a narrative, stories, thoughts; some of which published by BESA in “Pretesti Sensibili - Sensitive Excuses” (2008). His first collection of short stories, “Futili Emotivi- Futile Emotions”, was published by Carta & Penna Editore in 2010. His passion for literature led him to “infect” other readers by coordinating reading groups: “Arcobaleno” in Paderno Franciacorta, “Chiare Lettere” in Nave. He actively collaborates with the literary magazine Inkroci with reviews and stories.