Borges and the Eternal Orangutans

Borges and the Eternal Orangutans

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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 novel.

Blackwell North Amer
Vogelstein is a loner who has always lived among books. Suddenly, fate grabs hold if 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 Kabbala, the possible destruction of the world, and the Elizabethan magus John Dee's "Eternal Orangutan," which, given all the time in the world, would end up writing all the known books in the cosmos.

Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2005
ISBN: 9780811215923
081121592X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY VERIS...l
Characteristics: 135 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull

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Mar 10, 2016

This is a weird story where a murder is trying to be solve (and fails) in the manner of Poe. Very disappointing. The psycho babble about gods, kings and what else is, for me, smoke in your eyes as the author tries his very best to lose us in the worst kind of intellectualism.

Tyler__J Jun 10, 2015

A pitch-perfect (mirror-image, if you like) story of the type that Borges himself was famous for. Full of symbolism, doppelgangers, iconography and powerful secret societies. Above all it is about the ultimate power of words; a power that can create and possibly destroy the universe. A charming homage to Borges that could stand alongside the works of the master himself.

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