La Carta Esferica (the Nautical Chart )

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Alfaguara, 2000 - Fiction - 590 pages
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A nautical chart can be much more than an indispensable instrument to navigate from one place to another; it is an etching, a page from history, and sometimes even an adventure novel. La carta esferica is the story of a sailor without a ship, exiled from the ocean, who meets a woman who returns to him the adventure of the sea.

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Un marino sin barco, desterrado del mar, conoce a una extraña mujer que posee, tal vez sin saberlo, respuestas a preguntas que ciertos hombres se hacen desde siglos. Cazadores de naufragios en busca del fantasma de un barco perdido en el Mediterráneo, problemas de latitud y longitud cuyo secreto yace oculto en antiguos derroteros y cartas náuticas, museos navales, bibliotecas... Nunca el mar y la Historia, la ciencia de la navegación, la aventura y el misterio se habían combinado de un modo tan extraordinario en una novela, como en La carta esférica. De Melville a Stevenson y Conrad, de Homero a Patrick O’Brian, toda la gran literatura escrita sobre el mar late en las páginas de esta historia fascinante e inolvidable. 

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Novelist and former journalist Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez was born in Cartagena, Spain on November 25, 1951. He started his journalistic career writing for the Spanish newspaper Pueblo and later for Television Espanola - the Spanish state owned television, in the role of war correspondant. He worked as a war correspondent from 1973 to1994 before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, El húsar, which was set in the Napoleonic Wars, was published in 1986, and he is well-known internationally for his popular Captain Alatriste fiction series, which takes place in 17th-century Europe. Pérez-Reverte has been elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.

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