Anything described as even faintly Borgesian is always good for me, which is why I did not hesitate to read Colonel Lágrimas by Carlos Fonseca Suárez—who was born in Costa Rica in 1987 and grew up in Puerto Rico. He lives in London and teaches at the University of Cambridge.
The novel is published by Brooklyn-based Restless Books (@RestlessBooks)—“an international publisher for a world in motion”. Colonel Lágrimas—which is loosely based on the life of the eccentric German-born French mathematician Alexander Grothendieck (1928–2014)—is “a world-spanning tour de force of history, politics, literature, mathematics, and philosophy” and an appealing “human story of the forces that have created the modern world”.
When the novel opens, the enigmatic Colonel has withdrawn himself to the Pyreness, distancing himself from the society. He is busy at work on…
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