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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 centre of a murder investigation that involves arcane demons, the mysteries of the Kabbala, the possible destruction of the world, and the Elizabethan magus John Dee's 'Eternal Orang-utan', which would end up by writing all the known books in the cosmos.
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"An elegantly constructed caper" (Daily Telegraph)
"Verrisimo's pleasure in his own absurd intertextual universe is infectious" (Times Literary Supplement)
"A true literary mystery in its own right, as well as a homage to Borges" (Financial Times)
Hilarious spoof on literary/academic conferences, and a brilliant 'Borgesian' mystery.
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