The Eden Revelation An Evolutionary Novel David Rosenberg Dr. Rhonda Rosenberg “The greatest enterprise of the mind is the attempted linkage of the sciences and humanities.” E.O. Wilson

A buried Garden of Eden, where Homo sapiens evolved


Nonpareil, The Eden Revelation updates the twentieth century’s novel of ideas, in particular Thomas Mann’s Nobel-winning The Magic Mountain.  Where Mann’s characters gave voice to fantasy and psychosis, The Eden Revelation binds us with our evolutionary history: social beings living by the light and darkness of ideas.  Our first idea, mythologically, was recorded just outside the Garden of Eden, in an ancient echo of eschatological climate change.


A century is marked since Magic Mountain’s 1923 publication in German.  It was focused on themes of personal vs societal illness.  Now, in this new novel under distress, the societal trauma has become planet illness, whether expressed by a smart virus, by climate change, or by an angry wind blowing our ur-parents out of Eden.  The cultural trauma, however, is a lack of popular knowledge about how evolution works, not only in ecosystem niches but on our psyches.


Today we diagnose extreme fantasies as a trait of the unconscious human mind.  Prior to the 1990s, we might have echoed the physical symptoms of TB in Mann’s sanatorium, which offered mountain air and “intellectual entertainment”.  Today, when we realize the disease within Eden was carried by a disguised serpent, we’re made aware that fantasy and psychosis are its human equivalent, leading to wars and boundary-erasing animal-to-human transmission of pandemics.


So that this time, in place of Mann’s characters voicing bygone ironies, our original ecosystem—a buried Garden of Eden, where Homo sapiens evolved—is broken into by an archaeologist’s Middle Eastern dig. It is where this novel begins its reckoning with the psychic attachments underlying sexuality.


Archaeologist Archibald Shechner, likewise, hears a singular voice breaking into his head.  His colleagues fear a nervous breakdown.  The novel itself at times seems to distill into a transcription, as if evolving into a new species of prose testimony.


Yet the framework of its characters in search of their lost archaeologist colleague and his ancient scrolls remains firmly narrative.  It is anchored in both cultural and natural history, suggesting a hopeful guide for “blind” evolution.