¿Puede un libro ser investigado policialmente como si de un crimen se tratara, utilizando como pistas sus páginas, papel, grabados y marcas de impresión, en un apasionante recorrido de tres siglos?
Lucas Corso, mercenario de la bibliofilia, cazador de libros por cuenta ajena, debe encontrar respuesta a esa pregunta cuando recibe un doble encargo de sus clientes: autentificar un manuscrito de Los tres mosqueteros y descifrar el enigma de un extraño libro, quemado en 1667 con el hombre que lo imprimió.
La indagación arrastra a Corso -y con él, irremediablemente, al lector- a una peligrosa búsqueda que lo llevará de los archivos del Santo Oficio a los libros condenados, de las polvorientas librerías de viejo a las más selectas bibliotecas de los coleccionistas internacionales.
Construida con excepcional talento narrativo, El club Dumas sitúa pieza a pieza una trama excitante, minuciosa y compleja, donde se dan cita los ingredientes de la novela clásica por entregas, los relatos policíacos y de misterio, los juegos de adivinación y las técnicas del folletín de aventuras.
Lucas Corso is a book detective, a middle-aged mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found dead, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. He is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas's masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named for a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris on the killer's trail in this twisty intellectual romp through the book world.
|Publisher:||PRH Grupo Editorial|
|Edition description:||Spanish-language Edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Arturo Pérez-Reverte nació en Cartagena, España, en 1951. Fue reportero de guerra durante veintiún años. Con más de veinte millones de lectores en todo el mundo, muchas de sus novelas han sido llevadas al cine y a la televisión. Hoy comparte su vida entre la literatura, el mar y la navegación. Es miembro de la Real Academia Española.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
El Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverete This is the book is the background used in the Film The Ninth Gate with Johnny Depp. Unlike the movie the book has two distinctive plots, one related to The Nine Doors to the Kingdom of Hell by Aristidem Torchiam, and the original manuscript to the Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. Like the Movie, the book opens with the suicide by Enrique Taillefer. However Mr. Taillefer had a manuscript-The wine of Angou-which was the original manuscript written by Augusto Macosa and given the final touches by the great A. Dumas. Boris Balkan, who is the villain in the movie version is the narrator and the leader of the Dumas Club. Each one of its very prominent members meets the first Monday in April at the castle of Meung (The day and place The Three Musketeers was first started in 1625). Each of the seventy seven chapters is assigned to one of the club members for safekeeping and upon their demise they meet and elect a new member. The society is entrusted with a very deep secret: Dumas was not the author of the Three Musketeers, but rather the collaborator after Augusto Macosa wrote the original. Macosa's original words are in white paper and Dumas final product are in blue paper. Apparently Mr. Taillefer was going to blow the whistle on the society's secret because they refused to publish a book he wrote. Boris Balkan, aided by Laura Taillefer set the suicide scene and try to recover the Wine of Angou which Mr. Lucas Corso had bought from the dead man. Then there is a second plot. This is the one that deals with the The Nine Doors to the Kingdom of Hell by Aristidem Torchiam. A famous book collector, Varo Borjas, from Toledo, asks Mr. Corso to investigate if his book of The Nine Doors to the Kingdom of Hell by Aristidem Torchiam is a fake or real. Like the movie, there are two other copies in existence, since Aristidem Torchiam burnt in the stake in 1667 with most of the copies. Only three remain. Corso starts on a journey that takes him to Madrid, The Cenizas Brothers where Mr. Borjas bought his book. He then compares the Borjas copy with the other two known copies in existence: Victor Fargas in Lisbon and Baroness Frida Ungen in Paris. Like in the movie, Corso discovers that all three books are originals but the devil divided his work among the three, distributing his work in each of the books, and with the three forming a path to open the Nine Gates. Like in the movie, both the Baroness and Mr. Fargas are assassinated, the first one in a fire and the second one drowned. Like in the movie Corso is helped by a guardian "angel", Irene Adler, a young girl that is as old as the world. There is also a persecution of Corso and the girl by Mrs. Taillefer and a dark man with grey hair and a scar on his face-Rochefort. The two plots collide on page 467 of my copy when Corso realizes that in the Three Musketeers there is an illustration that is similar to the eight illustration on The Nine Doors to the Kingdom of Hell. As the plot unfold we discover that Mr. Borjas and Mrs. Taillefer just want to recover the Dumas manuscript for the society, however, Varo Borjas is the murderer who wants all three copies of The Nine Doors to the Kingdom of Hell. Corso finally catches up to him but Mr. Borjas in too involved in the ritual not knowing that the Cenizas brothers had withheld one of the necessary illustrations for the ceremony. I found the book a much interes
The Dumas Club is about Lucas Corso, a book collector by hire, and the mystery of a Dumas manuscript and The Book of the Nine Doors of the Kingdom of Shadows. It was definitely an intelligent thriller. I found myself quite enraptured with the story. One of the story plots did leave me feeling a bit confused & disappointed. I felt Corso would have been justified to take The Book of the Nine Doors and smack a certain character upside the head with it, out of frustration. Just my opinion. In any case, I recommend this book for those who enjoy a good mystery mixed in with some occult topics.
De los mejores libros que he leido. Muestra el mundo de los libros antiguos de un modo apasionante.