The Creator's Map: A Novel

The Creator's Map: A Novel

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by Emilio Calderon
     
 

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A beautiful librarian pursued by the Nazis must protect a mysterious document said to be penned by God's own hand

Emilio Calderón is a true master of the historical novel, able to infuse a specific time and place with clarion detail and an aura of magic. In The Creator's Map, he vividly re-creates the shadowy schemes, romantic entanglementsSee more details below

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A beautiful librarian pursued by the Nazis must protect a mysterious document said to be penned by God's own hand

Emilio Calderón is a true master of the historical novel, able to infuse a specific time and place with clarion detail and an aura of magic. In The Creator's Map, he vividly re-creates the shadowy schemes, romantic entanglements, and divided loyalties of a Europe torn apart by World War II. Told from the perspective of José María, a Spanish architect in Rome, The Creator's Map brings to life the harrowing days surrounding the rise and fall of fascism as he, along with a passionate young librarian and an Italian prince, become entangled in a web of intrigue, love, and deceit involving a fateful map whose secrets have the power to destroy them.

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A Nazi quest for an ancient map pinpointing the source of black magic, Vatican spies and Spanish Civil War refugees in 1930s Rome fail to coalesce and pay off in Calderón's intriguing debut. In late 1937, Jose Maria Hurtado de Mendoza, an apolitical Spanish architectural student at Rome's Spanish Academy, is recruited by a mysterious antifascist organization called Smith (all its agents are "Smith") to help search for the mystical Creator's Map, sought by the Nazis to aid in evildoing. He soon finds himself part of a love triangle with Montse, a beautiful young Spanish refugee, and Prince Junio Valerio Cima Vivarini, a Venetian paleographer secretly working with the SS. While Jose attempts to survive in fascist Italy and Germany, where he goes to work as an architect of bunkers and fortifications, the map's mystical qualities are relegated to the background. An ingenious denouement, set in 1952 and narrated in epistolary fashion by one character from beyond the grave, doesn't make up for the fact that Jose remains a passive and oftentimes peripheral figure in his own less than dramatic story. (July)

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From the Publisher
" An intricately plotted, compelling read that vividly conjures up the Rome of World War II."
-Juan G=mez-Jurado, author of God's Spy

" A narrative that combines the historical novel and the espionage thriller . . . a story whose stylistic and thematic beauty surpasses the expectations of even the most demanding of readers . . . a stunning work of fiction."
-ABC (Spain)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440636721
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/17/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,091,810
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
" An intricately plotted, compelling read that vividly conjures up the Rome of World War II."
-Juan G=mez-Jurado, author of God's Spy

" A narrative that combines the historical novel and the espionage thriller . . . a story whose stylistic and thematic beauty surpasses the expectations of even the most demanding of readers . . . a stunning work of fiction."
-ABC (Spain)

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