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A chance discovery in the margin notes of an old book opens a young man up to fantastic possibilities in his everyday world in Carlson's first novel, a freewheeling bibliophilic adventure. Miguel Ibanez is taking a break from his thankless civil service job in a used bookstore in Buenos Aires when he stumbles upon a misshelved translation of Samuel Butler's Lives of the Saints. Scrawled between the printed lines of the chapter on Saint Perpetuus is an account written in the hand of a modern man, who purports to be the real saint and who claims to have learned how to manipulate time. Miguel's discovery that Perpetuus wrote the full account of his life and learning across numerous copies of the Butler volume sends him hither and yon throughout the city, seeking copies held by a small cult of collectors dedicated to Perpetuus. Though his obsessive pursuit strains relations with his family and his superiors at work, it introduces him to a lively cast of eccentrics straight out of a Borges story and indoctrinates him into a new awareness of secrets and intrigues about the city hidden to ordinary eyes. Unpredictable and steeped in allusions to classic and contemporary works, this spry exercise in magic realism can be enjoyed as a parable on how our reading transforms our perception of the world. Carlson is also the author of I Remember Julia: Voices of the Disappeared and The Pear Tree: Is Torture Ever Justified?
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Book Description The Tartarus Press, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111905784163
Book Description The Tartarus Press, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1905784163