A Life Without End


What does the man who has everything―fame, fortune, a new love, and a new baby―want for his fiftieth birthday? The answer is simple: eternal life. Determined to shake off the first intimations of his approaching demise, Frédéric tries every possible procedure to ward off death, examining both legal and illegal research into techniques that could lead to the imminent replacement of man with a post-human species. Accompanied by his ten-year-old daughter and her robot friend, Frédéric crisscrosses the globe to meet the world’s foremost researchers on human longevity, who—from cell rejuvenation and telomere lengthening to 3D-printed organs and digitally stored DNA—reveal their latest discoveries. With his blend of deadpan humor and clear-eyed perception, Beigbeder has penned a brutal and brilliant exposé of the enduring issue of our own mortality.

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April 2020




Frédéric Beigbeder

Frédéric Beigbeder is a French journalist and critic, and is responsible for the literary section of Le Figaro Magazine. Also a bestselling author… Read more


“It’s funny, profound, brilliantly researched, and fiendishly artful.” ―Le Figaro

“A touching and contemplative literary curve ball.” ―Femina

“Beigbeder has produced one of the most human, touching, relevant, and funny stories about passing time, the acceptance of ageing, and the need to love. If you’re looking for something quite unlike anything else to read, then choose this.” ―Le Parisien

“A call to arms against transience from a Beigbeder who is back in top form, with all his trademark wit.” ―Lire

“This mad philosophical and biological quest is a life-affirming and intelligent reflection on the meaning of life. Decidedly ambitious, Monsieur Beigbeder!” ―Psychologies Magazine

“As always, Frédéric Beigbeder knows perfectly well how to seize burning issues. In A Life Without End he captures immortality, the desire it inspires, and its likelihood. A tale falling somewhere between satire and the confidences of a father, a lover, and a writer who wants to live forever.” ―Transfuge

“Behind this wild pursuit of immortality appears a sharper and deeper reflection than you would expect.” ―Elle

“An audacious romance, between obsessions and hope.” ―Marie Claire