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In classical Athens one of the pupils of Plato's Academy is found dead Suspecting this. 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 of metaphors or words which calls up images independent of the original text but giving extra layers of meaning Each chapter presents one of the Twelve Labors of Hercules not necessarily in orderThe 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 The first victim a student from the Academy is supposedly killed by wolves while out hunting and his heart torn from his body In some sense the novel is also philosophical; Heracles represents REASON and Diagoras the IDEAThe Translator becomes obsessed with finding a key secret message and finally enters the story physically; the two plotlines converge Now the book takes a frightening turn; two classmates of the first victim are murdered or in one case is it suicide as well as a slave Our intrepid duo sets out to solve all four murders There is violence and a final confrontation The novel's a balance between Reason and the Platonic Idea Plato's Theory of Forms There's some of the cave allegory cf second paragraphCharacterization wasn't as important as the whodunit and the philosophy 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 Sometimes I thought Somoza had boxed himself in but manages to escape with ingenious twists The Spanish title La caverna de las ideas I felt expressed better the content than the bland The Athenian Murders I recommend this book highly but don't read it at night

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La caverna de las ideasA second plot unfolds in parallel through the footnotes of the translator of the text. Like The Club Dumas this book is not what it appears to be To say 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 pleasurable than the firstYes at heart it is a murder mystery and if you don't like the genre then this will probably annoy you than usual since it is also a part of the historical murder subgenre but if you can look beyond that you will find something that takes a joy in crossing borders this is most definitely literary fiction that makes demands of the readerAbout the only thing I would note is that I read this in an English translation which for a book with a major plotline about translation added a whole extra layer of appreciation to the story

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READ & DOWNLOAD La caverna de las ideas 107 Ã In classical Athens one of the pupils of Plato's Academy is found dead Suspecting this wasn't an accident his teacher asks Herakles the Decipherer of Enigmas to investigate A second plot unfolds in parallel through the footnotes of the translator of the textWasn't an accident his teacher asks Herakles the Decipherer of Enigmas to investigate. 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 acuired 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 mysteryParallel to this mystery a Translator writes his footnotes for the story He points out that the texts hides a complex message in the form of repetitive images called eidesis A mystery that may only be revealed upon the completion of the translation and finding the final keyAs both mysteries unravel both Heracles and the Translator began to doubt the constitution of their well being The realization that nothing is what as it seems is crashing them Crantor an errant philosopher and friend of Heracles revealed a god like being the Translator “Those who believe in Him think that our lives have an ultimate meaning of which we ourselves are unaware but which the Translator discovers as He reads us Eventually the text comes to an end and we die knowing no than before But the Translator who has read us discovers the ultimate meaning of our existenceThe Translator was astonished by this revelation Finding himself within the text may be deduced as an obsession or maybe an evidence of altercation to the original textMy preference of reading historical mysteries spurred me to read this story but nothing prepared me for the twists and turns I have discovered within this pages I do not care how well or how flawed Somoza presented philosophy and logic; nor how knowledgeable he is with Plato’s reasoning Is there still such a person who does It’s the mysteries that reeled my mind and it’s satisfying The Athenian Murders is a mystery hiding a mysterious message all because of a mysterious idea And that wouldn't even suffice to completely describe itI remember reading another book and how its bricolage was used to divert the reader’s attention from the original intention of the story It was a trick and I fell for it Admittedly The Athenian Murders’ eidetic imagery did the same and I was a fool to believe that after solving one mystery the rest will follow Details are hidden within details to come to a shocking conclusionview spoiler If I really like it why give it just 4 stars then 1 There are times that the eidetic images overwhelm the story to a point they are no longer necessary I believe that they are meant to divert attention but not distract the reader overly much 2 Minor characters were developed half way and then completely dropped at the end 3 I strongly believe not that my vote counts that the original title “The Cave of Ideas” is fitting to represent the story Who said that appealing mystery novels has to have “murders” on the title anywaysDo not let my complaints dissuade you I’m only one reader I urge you to read it and then list your own complaints; or better yet tell me I was wrong hide spoiler