In Search of Klingsor by Jorge Volpi
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In his international bestseller In Search of Klingsor, Jorge Volpi takes us from the Institute of Advanced Study to the heart of Hitler's Germany, where the line between truth and lies is all but dissolved.Mysterious, seductive, and immediately engrossing, this startlingly accomplished thriller explores the nexus between science and human nature and how they shaped the world in the aftermath of World War II. In 1940, Francis Bacon, a brilliant young American physicist, is invited to join the prestigious institute at Princeton, the world's foremost physics research facility. But a series of personal indiscretions forces him to accept a different, more sinister, assignment: uncover "Klingsor," Hitler's top adviser on the scientific work in the Third Reich, including the race to create the first atomic bomb. Bacon's efforts to expose the truth lead him to Gustav Links, a survivor of the attempted coup against Hitler. With Link's help, he continues researching postwar Germany -- in an era when a secret was really a secret and a lie wasn't necessarily a sin -- and falls into a complicated relationship with an alluring woman. His search for Klingsor, an ominous and seemingly omnicient adversary, is part mystery, part psychological puzzle, part witty intellectual game. In Search of Klingsor places real people in speculative historical fiction, combining the ingenuity of a scientific investigation with the suspense of a great espionage novel.

About Jorge Volpi

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Volpi has a B.A. in Law and a Master's in Mexican literature. He is currently the cultural attache' and director of the Mexican Cultural Center in Paris. He is the author of nine novels and collections.
Published June 25, 2002 by Scribner. 414 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Links is Bacon’s link, as it were, to scientists who may have known Klingsor, or, indeed, may be posing as Klingsor.

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In Search of Klingsor by Jorge Volpi translated by Kristina Cordero 402pp, Fourth Estate, £17.99 In Search of Klingsor has grand ambitions - to be a novel of ideas, an examination of betrayal and a historical thriller.

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Broad in scope and supremely ambitious, this novel (the first in a projected trilogy) by Mexican writer Volpi succeeds at several levels—as a thriller about a U.S. military officer seeking to ferret out the identity of the scientist who directed Nazi research during WWII, as a scientific search f...

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