La Caverna De Las Ideas/ The Cave of Ideas by Jose Carlos Somoza, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Be the first to ask a question about The Athenian Murders .. La caverna de las ideas ist bislang das einzige Buch, das ich von Somoza gelesen habe, und so. The Athenian Murders is an historical mystery novel written by Spanish author José Carlos Somoza. Originally published in Spain under the title La caverna de las ideas (The Cave of Ideas) in , it was translated into English in by Sonia Soto. The Athenian Murders is Somoza’s first novel to be published in English.

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Views Read Edit View history. The translator becomes obsessed with the imagery, going so far as to see himself depicted within the ancient work.

The Athenian Murders by José Carlos Somoza

It’s pure poetry in parts. The more I read, the more the features of the text really messed with me. The murder mystery itself plods on. I’m quite disappointed that eidesis is not a real literary technique, but I’d probably get obsessed, just like the translator, if it was real. The Athenian Murders is Somoza’s first novel to be published in English. Unusual structure, superb and intriguing, one of the most original new novels of fiction, intelligent and full with philosophy Fortunately the husband decided to drop into the local Oxfam shop to get me something he hoped would dull my separation anxiety.


The Athenian Murders

What are they closing in on and will they survive if they find it? Both the original Spanish title of the novel and the purported Greek text were called La caverna de las ideasThe Cave of Ideas. Perhaps “murder” in the title will entice more people to pull it off the bookshelves — though the epigraph from Plato and the many footnotes might scare that particular audience off if they happen to flip through the book, hoping only for Greek gore.

Despite the relatively poor presentation The Athenian Murders is worth reading. There is a decent explanation for the murder-mysteries. In classical Athens, one of the pupils of Plato’s Academy is found dead. Looking for beautiful books?

According to Platothe realm of Ideas dd the only true reality; our world is made up of imperfect, ephemeral imitations of the true ideas. And that wouldn’t even suffice to completely describe it.

I love it when that happens, because everything is a surprise and there can be no prejudice at all. The two are contrasting figures, especially in their philosophies. Sinuhe, el Egipcio Mika Waltari.

I simply couldn’t suspend my disbelief at the underlying conceit of the novel, and the prose and characterisation were too weak and ham-fisted to compensate for that. This book is something special!

And Someone is reading the scroll right now, deciphering our thoughts faverna actions, and finding hidden keys to the text of our lives. To say more would spoil one of the most ingenious literary constructs I’ve had the pleasure of reading: I will leave it up to you to read and find out.


La Caverna De Las Ideas/ The Cave of Ideas

But the Translator, who has read us, discovers the ultimate meaning of our existence. I liked the way the book was set up; the footnotes led me by the hand; and the symposium in Chapter 7 was most informative.

Dune, La Yihad Butleriana Vol. A mystery that may only be revealed upon the completion of the translation and finding the final key. The first victim, a student from the Academy, is supposedly killed by wolves while out hunting and his heart torn from his body. The epilogue penned by Philotextus references Plato’s allegory of the cave when states that he believes philosophers are the ones inside the cave, oblivious to the real that is, material world all around them.

So five stars is what I believe this book deserves. Readers who liked these metafictional works will likely enjoy Som In a blurb on the back cover, a reviewer compares this book to Pale Fire and The Name of the Rose.

There is a visit to the Academy.