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Award-winning Colombian author Becerra’s latest novel is set primarily in the art world of Paris, where a centuries-old secret society is searching for a mysterious treasure of inestimable worth. At its simplest level, this work has suggestions of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code . What differentiates it is its complexity of character and story, its depth and eloquent prose. Mazarine is an orphaned young painter who exudes something so powerful that men are drawn into the natural whirlwind her presence creates. Cádiz is a famous artist 40 years her senior with whom she apprentices and falls madly in love. She meets Pascal by chance and eventually marries him. Arcadius is an antiquarian who becomes like a grandfather to Mazarine and helps her discover the story of a sect called the Arts Amantes. Ojos Nieblos (“Foggy Eyes”), a member of this sect, is sure that Mazarine has something to hide. The story unfolds at just the right pace in short chapters told from various characters’ perspectives. In unraveling her tale, Becerra is not afraid to bring the story to several climaxes and dénouements, leading the reader ever forward. While telling an engrossing tale, Becerra manages to offer an intellectual examination of the notion of duality. The result is a novel about creativity, humanity, and love so beautifully written that it is a work of art itself.