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Borges and the Eternal Orangutans

Borges and the Eternal Orangutans

Author(s): Luís Fernando Verissimo

Location(s): Buenos Aires

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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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