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Max and Katya

Author Ted Takashima talks about what inspired him to write “The Gene of Life,” and about who were the models for his characters —the smart, brave, talented, and beautiful Katya and the genius scientist with a secret, Max. Chapter 2 Katya listened as she robotically brought spaghetti to her mouth. Occasionally, she drank from her glass of Coke with an ... Read More »

Ted Takashima Interview

Q1. What inspired you to write The Gene of Life? The discovery made at Limone sul Garda, clones, Neo-Nazis, GMOs — what exactly was happening to make you explore these themes? Humanity has sought eternal life since time immemorial. About twenty years ago, life-science discoveries were under public scrutiny and discussion — genes and genomes, cloning and regenerative cells — and ... Read More »

Limone sul Garda

Italian Village Where Residents Live to Over 100 Years Old The breathtaking beauty and sheer size of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, makes it a popular holiday destination for Italians and foreigners alike. Picturesque towns line the lake’s shores, making a tour of the entire 90-mile (145-km) shoreline a delight. But Limone sul Garda, on the narrower, more ... Read More »

The Gene of Life

TED TAKASHIMA Berlin, July 2008. After giving a lecture, Max Knight, a Nobel Prize candidate and professor of genetic research, is kidnapped. His captors show him part of a corpse, a left hand, discovered when a bomb exploded at a neo-Nazi rally. Although the hand appears to be that of a male in his forties, it actually belongs to a ... Read More »

THE WALL: Author’s Note

1980s. El Paso, New Mexico, USA In the spring of the year I graduated from university, I visited the embankment of the Rio Grande River. The towns, and the river itself, often appear in Westerns. Upon crossing the river, I found myself in the Mexican city of Juárez. On the opposite bank, I spotted many young Mexicans sitting around. “They’re ... Read More »

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