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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He enlists the help of Heracles Pontor, “known as the Decipherer of Enigmas”, and the two of them look into the death, which turns out to be more puzzling than originally imagined. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It consists in repeating, in any text, metaphors or words that, when identified by a perceptive reader, make up an idea or image that’s independent of the original text.

Sometimes I thought Somoza had boxed himself in but manages to escape with ingenious twists. I must make it clear, Plato, that I do not “see” the future: I enjoyed most of the book, except for some of the Ancient Greece scenes that were longer than they needed to be.

The work also calls upon Plato’s Republic: Not just the icing, the cherry, the gold dust, the everything. Now the book takes a frightening turn; two more classmates of the first victim are murdered [or in one case, is it suicide? Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. The “Decipherer of Enigmas”, Heracles Pontor–note the similarity of name to a modern-day fictional detective [physical description is similar too]–and Diagoras, a philosophy teacher from Plato’s Academy, investigate murders.


In classical Athens, one of the pupils of Plato’s Academy is found dead.

La Caverna De Las Ideas/ The Cave of Ideas

Perhaps because, as I udeas, it does not require as much work from the reader as Pale Fire. It can’t possibly have been that annoying. Stripped of the extra-textual frills the Athenian murder-mystery is rarely better than pedestrian. I am still excited about it, although I’ve finished it, and that’s rare and priceless.

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Lists with This Book. Or so it seems. Thanks for telling josr about the problem. Jun 22, Siria rated it it was ok Shelves: As he goes along, he becomes convinced that the ancient writer has hidden secret messages in the text and as he continues to translatehe finds that these secret messages begin to refer to HIM and in a threatening way!

Two stories caverja 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!

The translator appears essentially only in footnotes, beginning with the first which comes before the text proper starts. So there you have it, five out of five, ideae me rant in Greek about the annoying translator now.

Other books in this series. A well thought out book but I’m not too sure it works.

First, unavoidably, a note on the title. And I really wish Caberna could read the Spanish original, because I’m really curious exactly how pompous and flowery the language there was. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

To ask other readers questions about The Athenian Murdersplease sign up. The problem, I think, is that after a few chapters you get accustomed to the metafictional device Somoza deploys in this book; at that point, a lot of the tension goes out of the narrative. It would be fun to look for eidetic images in books unless lass have something to do with figs.


So I was pleasantely surprised by the ending that makes sense. Two stories contained within the one novel, with a fascinating, rather chilling conclusion. In the original Spanish the book was published as La caverna de cavern ideas.

La Caverna De Las Ideas/ The Cave of Ideas : Jose Carlos Somoza :

The epilogue penned by Philotextus references Plato’s allegory of the cave when states that he believes philosophers are the ones se the cave, oblivious to the real that ideass, material world all around them. On occasion, Apollo has allowed me to deduce what the future might be like It’s difficult to say anything specific about “The Athenian Murders” without spoiling the wonder of it completely, but I can safely give it my highest recommendation.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. The fictional translator the qualification was necessary, in deference to Spanish-to-English translator Sonia Soto of the fictional Greek text was starting to cave in, so to speak.

Es lohnt sich wirklich, diesem anfangs recht sperrigen Buch eine Chance zu geben, denn es wird weitaus mehr als nur eine fesselnde L geboten.