The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri by David Bajo
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Throughout mathematician Philip Masyrk's peripatetic life, there has been only one constant: Irma Arcuri. Their ongoing love affair has endured his two marriages and her countless travels. But now Irma has vanished, leaving Philip her library of 351 books, including five written by Irma herself. Buried somewhere within her luxuriously rebound volumes of Cervantes and Turgenev, Borges and Fowles, lies the secret to her disappearance-and Philip soon realizes that he is trapped within their narratives as well. Who is Irma Arcuri? What is really hidden in the library? And most importantly, whose story is this? Unapologetically sexy and brazenly intellectual, The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri is the impressive debut of a daring new literary talent.


About David Bajo

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David Bajo has been a translator and journalist. He now teaches writing at the University of South Carolina.He lives with his wife, the novelist Elise Blackwell, and their daughter in Columbia, South Carolina.
Published June 19, 2008 by Penguin Books. 316 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bajo's debut is a complicated stew: a hyper-literary erotic suspense novel about a mathematician/sexual athlete/compulsive runner searching for his lover, who's left him to unravel the mystery of her disappearance using only the books she's bequeathed him.

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