Crímenes imperceptibles

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Una novela magistral que transcurre en la apacible vida académica de Oxford. Una serie de crímenes interrumpirán esa tranquilidad. Premio Planeta Argentina 2003.

Pocos días después de haber llegado a Oxford, un joven estudiante argentino encuentra el cadáver de una anciana que ha sido asfixiada con un almohadón. El asesinato resulta ser un desafío intelectual lanzado a uno de los lógicos más eminentes del siglo, Arthur Seldom, y el primero de una serie de crímenes. Mientras la ...

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Overview

Una novela magistral que transcurre en la apacible vida académica de Oxford. Una serie de crímenes interrumpirán esa tranquilidad. Premio Planeta Argentina 2003.

Pocos días después de haber llegado a Oxford, un joven estudiante argentino encuentra el cadáver de una anciana que ha sido asfixiada con un almohadón. El asesinato resulta ser un desafío intelectual lanzado a uno de los lógicos más eminentes del siglo, Arthur Seldom, y el primero de una serie de crímenes. Mientras la policía investiga a una sucesión de sospechosos, maestro y discípulo llevan adelante su propia investigación, amenazados por las derivaciones cada vez más riesgosas de sus conjeturas.

Crímenes imperceptibles, que conjuga a los sombríos hospitales ingleses con los juegos de lenguaje de Wittgenstein, al teorema de Gödel con los arrebatos de la pasión y a las sectas antiguas de matemáticos con el arte de los viejos magos, es una novela policial de trama aparentemente clásica que, en el sorprendente desenlace, se revela como un magistral acto de prestidigitación.

Premio Planeta Argentina de Novela 2003.

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Martínez, a young mathematician and writer, entered the Argentine literary scene at age 19, when his first book of short stories, La jungla sin bestias (The Jungle Without Beasts, 1982), won the Premio Nacional Roberto Arlt. With this compelling thriller, he won Planeta Argentina's 2003 Premio de Novela, the local version of the lucrative Planeta prize. The mystery begins when an Argentine mathematician studying at Oxford University—where Martínez earned his doctorate degree—finds his landlady dead. More crimes follow in what seems to be a plot designed to defy the theory of logic developed by Arthur Seldom, Oxford's premier mathematician and the protagonist's mentor. With precise prose, perfect noir timing, and a very British humor and tone that is never pretentious, Martínez emulates the structure of the genre's classics: A famous detective befriends a series of female beauties while the novel raises questions of logic and philosophy. Easy to follow but not to solve, the novel is written in clear, exquisite, and universal Spanish (there are only a few simple terms in English, such as "college"). Readers will join the characters' search for the killer, a puzzle whose clues are so obvious that no one sees them. Martínez has positioned himself as one of Jorge Luis Borges's and Adolfo Bioy Casares's finest heirs. Strongly recommended for bookstores, public and academic libraries, and book clubs.
Patricia Arancibia, Brooklyn, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789504911289
  • Publisher: Planeta Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/10/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Autores Espanoles E Iberoamericanos Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Guillermo Martínez nació en Bahía Blanca, Argentina, en 1962. Entre los catorce y los diecinueve años escribió un primer libro de cuentos, La jungla sin bestias. En 1984 se radicó en Buenos Aires, donde realizó un doctorado en Ciencias Matemáticas en la especialidad de Lógica. Su segundo libro de cuentos, Infierno grande, obtuvo el primer premio del Fondo de las Artes en 1988 y fue publicado en 1989 por Editorial Legasa. Algunos de estos cuentos integraron posteriormente numerosas antologías, publicadas tanto en la Argentina como en el extranjero. En 1993 llegó su primera novela, Acerca de Roderer, (Planeta) publicada en España por Plaza&Janés y en los EEUU por St. Martin's Press. En ese mismo año participó en el primer Foro Hispanoamericano de Escritores Jóvenes en Málaga y viajó a Oxford, donde residió dos años, con una beca externa del CONICET, para realizar un postdoctorado en matemática.

En 1998 publicó su segunda novela, La mujer del maestro y empezó a colaborar regularmente con los diarios La Nación, Clarín y Página/12. En 1999 residió por dos meses en el Banff Centre for the Arts en Canadá, con una beca de la Fundación Antorchas. En l2000 y 2001 recibió becas para residencias en la colonia de artistas MacDowell, en los EEUU. En 2002 participó del programa internacional de escritores de la Universidad de Iowa.

En 2003 publicó el libro de ensayos Borges y la matemática (Eudeba) y obtuvo el premio Planeta por su novela Crímenes imperceptibles. En la actualidad prepara un libro de ensayos: La fórmula de la inmortalidad.

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