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The house of paper
Carlos Maria Dominguez
Adult Fiction DOMINGU

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Uruguayan novelist and critic Dominguez's book-obsessed homage to Argentinian great Borges is a sweet miss. A devastatingly beautiful Conrad scholar, Bluma Lennon is killed by a car while crossing a street near Cambridge University while holding a copy of Emily Dickinson's poems. Several weeks later, the narrator, one of Bluma's several lovers, receives a copy of Joseph Conrad's The Shadow-Line in the mail. There's no letter, but the postmark is Uruguay; the book is inscribed by Bluma to "Carlos" and it is encrusted with portland cement. The unnamed narrator sets out for Montevideo to discover its secret. The rest of the plot, in which Borges-as-author figures, is predictably book-centered, with plenty of travel and metaphysical musing. It is amiable and sincere in its desire to add its voice to the master's by revisiting some of his settings (including Buenos Aires) and subjects (Quixote, collecting, love, time and death). But it falls short of Borges's own takes and is thus hard to read as more than a love letter. With 11 two-color illustrations by Peter Sis, the book is fun and sad in the right spots, but one never gets a fiendish enough sense of Dom!nguez's own obsessions or his desire to plot them. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A revered literature professor is killed by a car while crossing the street reading Emily Dickinson; then, a mysterious package arrives at her office. Uruguayan novelist/critic Dominguez offers a lyrical yet sharply rendered fable, illustrated by Czech-born Caldecott Honor winner Sis, about the power of literature; for all large collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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