The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever
Doubleday Canada, 2013
By Adam Leith Gollner, BA 04
Toronto Star critic Robert Collison called The Book of Immortality a “beautiful, illuminating opus.” After taking “a delectable journey through jungles, street markets, and orchards in search of the world’s most exotic fruits” in The Fruit Hunters (Anchor Canada, 2009), Concordia alumn Adam Leith Gollner set off to examine humanity’s obsession with cheating death.
Gollner visits David Copperfield on his private archipelago, where the illusionist claims to have discovered a fountain of youth. The Montreal-based writer converses with religious believers around the world, from Sufi mystics to Hasidic Jews, uncovering myths and legends that claim to hold the secret to eternal life.
Last November, The Book of Immortality won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. Gollner’s first book, The Fruit Hunters, was a national bestseller and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. In 2012, it was adapted into a feature-length documentary directed by Yung Chang, BFA 99.