Voltaire's Calligrapher by Pablo De Santis
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“Richly reminiscent of Umberto Eco, the headlong pace of this dark fantasy—combining elements of mystery, historical fiction, horror and the splinter genre clockpunk—will let readers swallow the entrancing story in a single gulp.” —Kirkus Reviews

Pablo DeSantis, the internationally acclaimed author of The Paris Enigma, is back with a wonderfully inventive, deliciously sinister thriller set in the chaos and opulence of 18th century Paris, where the malevolent remnants of the Dark Ages battle the progressive elements of the modern age. Anyone wondering where to turn after Neal Stephenson’s Anathem and The Baroque Cycle or Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Club will thrill for the exquisite language and deep intrigue of Pablo De Santis’ Voltaire’s Calligrapher.


About Pablo De Santis

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A journalist and comic-strip creator who became editor in chief of one of Argentina’s leading comics magazines, Pablo De Santis is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, one work of nonfiction, and a number of books for young adults. His works have been published in more than twenty countries. He lives in Buenos Aires.
Published October 5, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 149 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Dalessius the calligrapher trained in a dying art, exquisitely inscribing the edicts of a tottering aristocracy while the printing press spread revolutionary ferment.

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But the rest of the calligrapher's tale is fiction.) Following Calas' execution, Voltaire next dispatches his calligrapher to Paris, believing the death to be part of a greater plot against those who, like himself, champion reason and religious freedom.

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Like Voltaire's character Candide, Dalessius on his investigative journey encounters experiences and people who test his fortitude and his faith, including a mad abbot "who's writing a book that never ends, using his enemies' blood as ink," and a penitent executioner, carrying a walking stick arm...

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