in conversation with EMILY BELL

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An eloquent blend of memoir and biography exploring the Weil siblings, math, and creative inspiration.

Karen Olsson’s stirring and unusual third book, The Weil Conjectures, tells the story of the brilliant Weil siblings―Simone, a philosopher, mystic, and social activist, and André, an influential mathematician―while also recalling the years Olsson spent studying math. As she delves into the lives of these two singular French thinkers, she grapples with their intellectual obsessions and rekindles one of her own. For Olsson, as a math major in college and a writer now, it’s the odd detours that lead to discovery, to moments of insight. Thus The Weil Conjectures―an elegant blend of biography and memoir and a meditation on the creative life.

Personal, revealing, and approachable, The Weil Conjectures eloquently explores math as it relates to intellectual history, and shows how sometimes the most inexplicable pursuits turn out to be the most rewarding.

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Karen Olsson is the author of the novels Waterloo and All the Houses. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Bookforum, and Texas Monthly, among other publications, and she is also a former editor of the Texas Observer. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in mathematics and lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

Emily Bell is a senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and the Director of FSG Originals. She publishes Lucia Berlin, Amelia Gray, Catherine Lacey, Karen Olsson, and Laura van den Berg, among others. Prior to FSG she worked at Riverhead Books. Emily lives in Petaluma, California, with her family.

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