Pascal Mercier – Perlmann’s Zwijgen (Perlmanns Schweigen)
The heart-rending story of a renowned, prize-winning scientist who has lost touch with his subject. An invitational conference …
A sad and hilarious account of daily life in a lab. The story shows how personality flaws and external pressure can lead to sloppy science and results that are not replicable. The main character is a PhD student in the rush hour of life, trying to sort out how to survive in biomedical research and which course to steer with his girlfriend. The rest of the cast consists of a narcissistic and overambitious head of department and various alarmingly recognizable colleagues. Things go wrong when a letter to the editor suggests research misconduct in a paper of the PhD student with a bunch of honorary coauthors. In the turbulence that follows some of the uglier characters grasp the opportunity to shift the power balance in their advantage.
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