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The Boy Who Felt Too Much

How a Renowned Brain Researcher and His Son Changed Our Image of Autistics Forever.

Henry Markram is a world-renowned neuroscientist. But it is only when he becomes father of an autistic son that he begins to doubt previous findings.

Henry Markram was one of the most famous brain researchers in the world when his autistic son Kai was born. Kai’s birth changed everything. Questions and concerns suddenly entered the nursery between toys and baby lamps. His highly-respected essays helped less than the song book from which he sang to his son every night. Many years later, Markram had a breakthrough. His theses turned everything that was known about autism upside down.
The journalist Lorenz Wagner accompanied the family for several months and in this book tells a touching father-son story. Kai does not feel too little, his hearing, feelings and sight is too delicate for this world. He has to withdraw to protect himself from an excess of impressions. A theory that is gaining ever-more proponents.

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'A thrilling and moving book.'

'A book for all, those dealing with autism and those loving literature.'

'In the end of this fulminant reportage you've not only followed an unusual family-story but also the tough, tedious but extremely vivid hunt for knowledge.'

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Lorenz Wagner

Lorenz Wagner, born in 1970, former chief reporter of the Financial Times Germany now writes for Süddeutsche Zeitung and is one of the most prominent biographical profilers and report writers in Germany. His report ‘The Son Code’ about Henry and Kai Markram rapidly became one of the most-read articles in the Süddeutsche Magazin. Lorenz Wagner has been awarded many prizes among which the prestigious Prix Franco-Allemand du Journalisme (PFAJ).

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'A wonderful book.'

'A moving father-son-story interspersed with elegant scientific prose about regions of the human brain, which still are terra incognita. Thoroughly researched and brilliantly written.'