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The Stockholm Octavo: A Novel

Engelmann, Karen

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ISBN 13: 9780061995347
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:

One man’s fortune holds the key to a nation’s fate in this sensational debut novel set in 18th-century Sweden.

The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann transports readers to a colorful Scandinavian world of intrigue and magic in a dazzling golden age of high art, music, and opulent fashion.

A masterwork of historical fiction in the vein of Patrick Suskind’s classic novel, Perfume, Karen Engelmann’s The Stockholm Octavo is mysterious and romantic—as magical and enthralling as The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern—and features a brilliant and unforgettable cast of extraordinary characters.


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Life is close to perfect for Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm. He is a true man of the Town—a drinker, card player, and contented bachelor—until one evening when Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor, shares with him a vision she has had: a golden path that will lead him to love and connection. She lays an Octavo for him, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision—if he can find them.

Emil begins his search, intrigued by the puzzle of his Octavo and the good fortune Mrs. Sparrow's vision portends. But when Mrs. Sparrow wins a mysterious folding fan in a card game, the Octavo's deeper powers are revealed. For Emil it is no longer just a game of the heart; collecting his eight is now crucial to pulling his country back from the crumbling precipice of rebellion and chaos. Set against the luminous backdrop of late eighteenth-century Stockholm, as the winds of revolution rage through the great capitals of Europe, The Stockholm Octavo brings together a collection of characters, both fictional and historical, whose lives tangle in political conspiracy, love, and magic in a breathtaking debut that will leave you spellbound.

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Book Description: Ecco. 1 Cloth(s), 2012. hard. Book Condition: New. In 18th-century Sweden, Emil Larsson is a self-satisfied bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise—until the fortune-teller Mrs. Sofia Sparrow shares with him a vision she has had of a golden path that will lead Emil to love and connection, in this debut novel by Karen Engelmann. Sofia lays an Octavo for him, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision. But as Emil eagerly searches for his eight, he comes to the startling realization that finding them is no longer just a game of the heart, but crucial to pulling his country back from rebellion and chaos."Neatly mixing revolutionary politics with the erotic tension and cutthroat rivalry of the female conspirators.Engelmann has crafted a magnificent, suspenseful story set against the vibrant society of Sweden’s zenith, with a cast of colorful characters balanced at a crux of history."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) 416. Bookseller Inventory # 41966

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