A radical exploration - are we coming to the end of time as we know it?
Time has always been the great Given, a fact of existence which cannot be denied or wished away; but the character of lived time is changing dramatically. Medical advances extend our longevity, while digital devices compress time into ever briefer units. We can now exist in several time-zones simultaneously, but we suffer from endemic shortages of time. We are working longer hours and blurring the distinctions between labour and leisure. For many, in an inversion of the old adage, time has become more valuable than money.In this look at life's most ineffable element, spanning fields from biology and culture to psychoanalysis and neuroscience, Eva Hoffman asks: are we coming to the end of time as we know it?
Eva Hoffman has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Award for writing and the Prix Italia for radio. Her books includeLost in Translationand the novelIlluminations.
'One of our most lucid thinkers... What makes this book so original is the way Hoffman uses the tools of contemporary science... Her description of our subjective inner world is most arresting... As we go on, it becomes clear that the true subject of this intriguing and highly readable book is the nature of being alive', Elaine Feinstein, Independent
'Beautifully written and eloquent', Financial Times
'A topical study that should elicit a moment of pause among those of us in a real hurry', Sunday Business Post
'A much-needed reminder that how we experience time is a cultural phenomenon', Amy Jenkins, Independent
'Written with a nicely leisured elegance, and contains many intriguing parts... eye-opening', Steven Poole, Guardian