Voltaire's Calligrapher: A Novel

Voltaire's Calligrapher: A Novel

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by Pablo De Santis
     
 

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Dalessius is twenty when he comes to work for one of the Enlightenment's most famous minds, the author and philosopher Voltaire. As the great man's calligrapher, Dalessius becomes witness to many wonders—and finds himself in the middle of a secret battle between the malevolent remnants of the all-but-dead Dark Ages and the progressive elements of the

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Dalessius is twenty when he comes to work for one of the Enlightenment's most famous minds, the author and philosopher Voltaire. As the great man's calligrapher, Dalessius becomes witness to many wonders—and finds himself in the middle of a secret battle between the malevolent remnants of the all-but-dead Dark Ages and the progressive elements of the modern
age. The calligrapher's role in this shadowy conflict will carry him to many perilous places— through the gates of sinister castles and to the doors of a bizarre bordello; toward life-and death confrontations with inventive henchmen, ingenious mechanical execution devices, poisonous fish, and murderous automatons. As the conspiracy to halt the Enlightenment's astonishing progress intensifies, young Dalessius's courage—as well as Voltaire's unique cunning and wit—are put to the ultimate test as they strive to ensure the survival of the future.

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Publishers Weekly
Set in 18th-century France, this brief, rambling novel from Argentine author De Santis will disappoint those expecting another sparkler like his 2008 mystery, The Paris Enigma. At age 20, Dalessius, who's trained as a calligrapher, travels to Ferney, near the Swiss border, where the philosopher Voltaire hires him as a file clerk. The job is a second chance for the young man, who substituted a blank page for the verdict sheet in a capital case, a stunt that prevented a murderer's execution. Voltaire dispatches Dalessius to Toulouse to prepare documents needed for the execution of a man convicted of the crime of hanging his son, who was on the verge of converting from Calvinism to Catholicism. While the author provides social insights into Enlightenment-era France, the murky plot developments make for a less than gripping read. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062014429
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,010,379
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

A journalist and comic-strip creator who became editorin 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.

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Voltaire's Calligrapher 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
When you have a couple of hours to yourself, you really should open up this book. It's a fast, fun read that will get your mind going. Voltaire's Calligrapher is an instant classic. It's smart, witty and engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago