The Athenian Murders

José Carlos Somoza

The Athenian Murders

The Athenian Murders

  • Title: The Athenian Murders
  • Author: José Carlos Somoza
  • ISBN: 9780374106775
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Hardcover

The English debut of one of Spain s most dazzling younger writers a postmodern murder mystery set in ancient Greece In this brilliant, highly entertaining, and intriguing novel, Jose Carlos Somoza intertwines two darkly compelling riddles, forcing us to confront the ways in which we interpret reality In ancient Athens, one of the pupils of Plato s Academy is found deaThe English debut of one of Spain s most dazzling younger writers a postmodern murder mystery set in ancient Greece In this brilliant, highly entertaining, and intriguing novel, Jose Carlos Somoza intertwines two darkly compelling riddles, forcing us to confront the ways in which we interpret reality In ancient Athens, one of the pupils of Plato s Academy is found dead His idealistic teacher Diagoras is convinced the pupil s death is not as accidental as it appears, and asks the famous Heracles Pontor, the Decipherer of Enigmas, to investigate As the death toll rises, the two men find themselves drawn into the dangerous underworld of the Athenian aristocracy, risking their own lives to solve the riddle of these young men s deaths Simultaneously, a second plot unfolds that of the modern day translator of the ancient text, who, as he proceeds with his work, becomes convinced that the original author has hidden a second meaning in the text, one that can be interpreted through certain repeated words and images As the story advances, however, the translator is alarmed to discover references to himself, which seem to address him personally in an increasingly menacing fashion An original and unsettling literary mystery, The Athenian Murders introduces a beguiling new talent to an American readership.

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Wildly original! Bizarre but hypnotic and enthralling on every page! There are two plotlines: one, the Straightforward story of murder in ancient Athens right after the Peloponnesian War in an ancient Greek manuscript by an anonymous author COUPLED WITH periodic footnotes by [never named] Translator with his comments, feelings, and reactions. He feels the strange metaphors and similes in each chapter point to SOMETHING hidden in text. Somoza uses a device he calls "eidetic imagery"--"repetition [...]

This is one of the strangest books I’ve read. I thought it was just going to be a mystery set in Ancient Greece, but then it turned out that the book is full of translator’s notes that are actually part of the story. That immediately made the book more interesting to me because I’ve never read anything like it before.So, the translator is translating The Athenian Murders (originally called The Cave of Ideas, a much better name, I think) and he starts noticing eidetic images in the book (wo [...]

Първа среща със Сомоса след доста възторжени препоръки от хора с разнообразен литературен вкус, на чието мнение държа. Избрах именно "Пещерата на идеите", защото действието се развива в Древна Гърция, а аз обичам нейната култура, както и философия, театър и изобщо всичко сим [...]

Παράξενο, διασκεδαστικό βιβλίο, κολλημένο στη φιλοσοφία του, με φόρμα πραγματικά αλλόκοτη. Σε κάποια σημεία βαρέθηκα, αλλά το σύνολο είναι τόσο εκτός νόρμας, που καταντά ενδιαφέρον.

I was handed this book by a friend and started reading it without knowing anything about it, not even having read the backcover. I love it when that happens, because everything is a surprise and there can be no prejudice at all.So I started, and immediately I thought, "eeek, a "period book". I generally tend to dislike writers who pretend that we know enough about an era to be able to write about its every-day life realistically. I had issues especially concerning the language, because I read it [...]

A very clever book. Set in Plato’s Athens, the story begins with a well-born youth found dead, devoured by wolves near a forest. Diagoras, a tutor at the Academy, acquired the services of Heracles Pontor “The Decipherer of Enigmas” to discover the truth behind his pupil’s death. Heracles, prompted by his own curiosity, agreed to solve the enigma of the youth’s death. Despite their complete contrast -one philosopher and the other a realist- the two worked together in solving the mystery [...]

Така и не се научих да харесвам Сомоса. Любопитен в идеите си, винаги ми се е виждал тромав в реализацията. Дори сега, когато дочитам друг негов роман – „Крала и сянката“ – роман, който се нарежда сред трите най-добри, прочетени от мен за 2016 г аз не мога да се отърва от усещан [...]

Like The Club Dumas, this book is not what it appears to be. To say more would spoil one of the most ingenious literary constructs I've had the pleasure of reading: suffice it to say that it's one of those books that you immediately want to start again when you get to the astonishing ending, just to see if the author cheated at any point. Which he never does, and in fact this makes the second reading almost more pleasurable than the first.Yes at heart it is a murder mystery, and if you don't lik [...]

It's a story within a story, within another story. It's an eidetic novel. It's a philosophical progression. It's a self-reflexive text. It's a quest for truth. It's a mystery, in many senses of the word. It's "The Sixth Sense," but rendered in prose and about a thousand times better. It's pure poetry in parts. It's a novel about ideas and words, and whether one can exist without the other.It's one of the best books I've read in years.It's difficult to say anything specific about "The Athenian Mu [...]

Ein meisterhaftes KastenteufelchenLa caverna de las ideas ist bislang das einzige Buch, das ich von Somoza gelesen habe, und so war ich denn auch anfangs überrascht über die groteske Unbeholfenheit des Stils, die mich annehmen ließ, hier habe jemand in einer Fremdsprache geschrieben und sich dabei eines Übersetzungsprogramms aus dem Internet bedient. Eine kleine Kostprobe, gleich von der ersten Seite: „El frío erizaba la piel azul de la Noche, y el Bóreas hacía ondular la cabellera dora [...]

In a blurb on the back cover, a reviewer compares this book to Pale Fire and The Name of the Rose. I would agree with that, but with the qualification that Somoza's book is a lot less demanding of the reader's work. Moreover, I'd add another couple of titles that came to mind while reading this: If on a Winter's Night a Traveller and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter: A Novel (perhaps also The Mezzanine and Mulligan Stew: A Novel?). Readers who liked these metafictional works will likely enjoy Som [...]

Mildly interesting effort to weave a debate about Dionysian mania vs Platonic forms into a 'postmodern' mystery novel set in Athens after the Peloponnesian War. Involves a translation theme.

This is such a peculiar book, it so cleverly plays with both the novel form and the characters. It is also genuinely creepy in places and I didn’t expect that. So that’s an excellent start to #transleighteen.

Set in ancient Greece in the time of Plato’s Academy, this postmodern, heavily footnoted murder mystery was ostensibly a scholar’s translation of a Greek text, also called The Athenian Murders, written by an anonymous author just after the Peloponnesian War. Like the Quixote, therefore, it was a meta-translation, a text put forward as a translation of a fictional original by a narrator who was conscious of the fact. Here, the fictional translator himself gave his comments on the story and hi [...]

Театърът на сенките е безмилостно жесток: „Пещерата на идеите“, Хосе Карлос Сомоса, изд. „Колибри“ azcheta/hose-karlos-somosa „Пещерата на идеите“ бе четена до късно през нощта, рано сутринта в автобуса, на моменти ме караше да я затварям и да се пренасям в стая, в която има и други хо [...]

At best mediocre. 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. Also, Somoza appears to have a grasp of Plato's theories which I would find weak in a first year undergraduate—ironic in a book which seems designed as a showpiece for how clever the author is.

Уникатно, ме воодушеви книгава, со нетрпение чекам нова книга од авторов.

In ancient Athens, Heracles Pontor, the Decipherer of Enigmas, is commissioned to investigate a death. The man who commissions Heracles is Diagoras, a teacher and philosopher at the Academy founded by Plato; the dead youth is a student of Diagoras’s, to all appearances mauled and with his heart torn out by wolves up in the hills—but Diagoras and Heracles think otherwise. Heracles sets out to find the truth…But this is nothing more than a novel, an ancient Greek work by an anonymous writer. [...]

Having left the novel I was reading sitting on the kitchen counter as I ran out of the house for a weekend away, I was inconsolable when I discovered my loss! Fortunately the husband decided to drop into the local Oxfam shop to get me something he hoped would dull my separation anxiety. What a wonderful chance encounter it became. The Athenian Murders is an innovative take on writing, Greek philosophy, the meaning of ideas, religious worship, and the role of the translator/reader. Two stories co [...]

J’ai eu du mal à choisir ma lecture après avoir lu Clara et la pénombre, j’ai donc fait simple en ne prenant pas de risque, et en lisant un autre Somoza. Cette fois il nous expédie à Athènes, où l’on croise un Hercule Poirot antique et Platon, rien de moins. Tout commence par la mort d’un éphèbe, et l’inquiétude de son mentor qui s’interroge sur les derniers jours de son jeune élève. Il fait appel aux services d’Héraclés Pontor (ahah !), Déchiffreur d’énigmes, un [...]

This book is something special! There is a warning though, it’s not the easiest read with all the philosophical theories of Plato and others, and with how these theories are worked in to the book. Even I, with a degree in philosophy, had to stop and think about want was going on – so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone without a certain level of schooling in the liberal arts. While the mystery itself is pretty straight forward with it twists and turns, the parallel contemporary story that wo [...]

This book was a surprise to me. I love ancient history/culture/mythology and I also love mysteries. This book was a wonderful blend of both. We start with a modern day translator of an ancient text laying out what happened. His "footnotes" are actually part of the story. As he goes along, he becomes convinced that the ancient writer has hidden secret messages in the text and as he continues to translate , he finds that these secret messages begin to refer to HIM and in a threatening way! The que [...]

A well thought out book but I'm not too sure it works. As a philosophy student I was interested enough in the ideas behind it but I seem to remember being left thinking "Hmmm there's something not quite there" as opposed to a perhaps more positive response of "Ohhh you clever little devil."All the same, a relatively enjoyable and fast paced read.

Fascinating!!!!!A unique story! Unusual structure, superb and intriguing, one of the most original new novels of fiction, intelligent and full with philosophy Reminds me a lot of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose", which is one of my favorite novels! A brilliant mystery-novel of story within story within storyI won't say anything specific, only - My highest recommendation!!!

but then, I like postmodern, like crime, like translations, like philosophy, like historical, like social and religious satire, like ideas that can transcend land and when of origin, yes, great intro to his work, better than zig zag, compelling, playful, thoughtful work.

my first window into athenian lifes the climax was just super. The elements of idea was intruiging

Intéressant mérite certainement réflexion.

Мисля, че съм прекалено тъп, за да харесам тази книга. :/

OK, book. Very interesting story-telling technique.

Una novela de ideas, una estructura recursiva, juegos postmodernistas, todos son estrategias validas de escribir un libro. Sin embargo, enfocarse en estas herramientas artísticas a costa de los elementos constituyentes fundamentales de una novela – los personajes, la historia, el ritmo de los sucesos o la naturaleza e veracidad de los diálogos – casi siempre resultará en una obra mediocre o como máximo, un experimento moderadamente interesante. Esencialmente, eso es lo que ocurre aquí. [...]

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