La Caverna De Las Ideas/ The Cave of Ideas by Jose Carlos Somoza, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. La caverna de las ideas ist bislang das einzige Buch, das ich von Somoza I would agree with that, but with the qualification that Somoza’s book is a lot less. The Athenian Murders is an historical mystery novel written by Spanish author José Carlos Somoza. Originally published in Spain under the title La caverna de las ideas (The Cave of Ideas) in , it was translated into English in by Sonia Soto. The Athenian Murders is Somoza’s first novel to be published in English.

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Yes at heart it is a murder mystery, and if you don’t lik Like The Club Dumasthis book is not what it appears to be. I’m trying hard not to write spoilers, so I’m just going to say that it has been a very long time since I read anything with that many levels, that many ideas cverna that much inspiration.

La Caverna De Las Ideas/ The Cave of Ideas

In the ideass of English translation of a Spanish novel about translating an ancient Greek Poirot mystery, this is far and away the best, and likely the only one you ever need to read. Looking for beautiful books? Having left the novel I was reading sitting on the kitchen counter as I ran out of the house for a weekend away, I was inconsolable when I discovered my loss! Or so it seems. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Anyway, I enjoyed it. Somoza uses a device he calls “eidetic imagery”–“repetition Wildly original!

Jun 22, Siria rated it it was ok Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Retrieved from ” https: Ein kleiner Hinweis zum Abschluss: It was a trick and I fell for it.

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The first victim, a student from the Academy, is supposedly killed by wolves while out hunting and his heart torn from his body. Finding himself within the text may be deduced as an obsession, or maybe an evidence of altercation to the original text. I recommend this book highly, but don’t read it at night! Jun 28, Terri Lynn rated it really liked it Shelves: I generally tend to dislike writers who pretend that we know enough about an era to be able to write about its every-day life realistically.

The Athenian Murders by José Carlos Somoza

So there you have it, five out of five, let me rant in Greek about the annoying translator now. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Partway through the novel, the translator is kidnapped and forced to continue the translation in a cell.

As Diagoras and Heracles investigate, more youths from the Academy are discovered brutally murdered. While the mystery itself is pretty straight forward with it twists and turns, the caveena contemporary story that works al This book is something special! Write a customer review. To ask other readers questions about The Athenian Murdersplease sign up. Two stories contained within the one novel, with a fascinating, rather chilling conclusion.

And yes, the end is the icing on the cake. Cavern for pleasure, I conceive worlds that differ from this one, voices that speak from other times, past or future Return to Book Page. Which he never does, and in fact this makes the second reading almost more pleasurable than the first.

It is OK and a little bit more. We start with a modern day translator of an ancient text laying out what happened. The fictional translator the qualification was necessary, in deference to Spanish-to-English translator Sonia Soto of the fictional Greek text was kas to cave in, so to speak.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for ideaa with over 50 million reviews. As they begin to dig, more corpses turn up in ancient Athens. Cover photo 3 19 Jun 11, The Murder of the Maharaja by H. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


The manuscript being translated is the exciting story of a young man named Tramachus, a student at Plato’s Academy, who is suspiciously killed. Readers who liked these metafictional works will likely enjoy Somoza’s novel as well. Somoza uses a device he calls “eidetic imagery”–“repetition of metaphors or words which calls up images independent of the original text”, but giving extra layers of meaning.

Re 27, Louize rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The ending was good, although not as brilliant as I expected it to be. His teacher,Diagoras, guilty for not protecting him, joins forces out of guilt with Heracles Pontor, the “Decipherer of Enigmas” to unravel just what really happened to his student.

He points out that the texts hides a more complex message in the form of repetitive images called eidesis. So five stars is what I believe this book deserves.

I idwas definitely be seeking out further works from this author. That, and the writing translating? Readers who liked these metafictional works will likely enjoy Som In a blurb on the back cover, a reviewer compares this book to Pale Fire and The Name of the Rose. They believe that he was not killed by wolves and that his death was no accident.

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The realization that nothing is what as it seems is crashing them. The question is- how would an ancient writer send threats to someone translating a manuscript centuries later? This page was last edited on 22 Octoberat