New Directions Publishing Corporation
On Sale: May 21, 2005
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Fiction | Mystery
Jorge Luis Borges is the hero of this literary whodunit
by one of Brazil's most celebrated writers.
Vogelstein is a loner who has always lived among books.
Suddenly, fate grabs hold of his insignificant life and
carries him off to Buenos Aires, to a conference on Edgar
Allan Poe, the inventor of the modern detective story. There
Vogelstein meets his idol, Jorge Luis Borges, and for
reasons that a mere passion for literature cannot explain,
he finds himself at the center of a murder investigation
that involves arcane demons, the mysteries of the Kaballah,
the possible destruction of the world, and the Elizabethan
magus John Dee's theory of the "Eternal Orangutan," which,
given all the time in the world, would end up writing all
the known books in the cosmos. Verissimo's small masterpiece
is at once a literary tour de force and a brilliant mystery
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