Borges and the Eternal Orangutans

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New Directions Publishing, 2005 - Fiction - 135 pages
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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 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 novel.

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User Review  - Samchan - LibraryThing

Borges and the Eternal Orangutans is such a whimsical, charming book. I didn’t have expectations going into the book aside from knowing that it’s received pretty good reviews. Verissimo’s novel is a ... Read full review

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User Review  - nuwanda - LibraryThing

If you happen to be a fan of either Borges or Poe – or especially if you happen to like both – then do yourself a favour and get Verassimo's little novel. The whole book is a homage to those two ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Luis Fernando Verissimo (b. 1936), son of the ambassador Erico Verissimo, is one of the most popular literary figures in Brazil today. His cr nicas have appeared in major national publications and the national weekly Veja, providing observations about Brazilian life, as well as wonderful illustrations and cartoons.

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