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BRAND NEW/BRAND NEW First English Language Edition, Translated from the Czech language. No wear, no markings, pristine. 5.5" x 9.25", 179 pages. Nobel Prize nominee and Governor General's Award winner Josef Skvorecky will enthrall you with a mystery as baffling as any from his Boruvka collections in this puzzle of history, poetry and love. Scrolls describing the life of Questus, a Roman who lived in the 1st century AD during the reign of Augustus, are found in Central America in the tomb of an ancient Mayan king. The central mystery: How did the scrolls come to end up in Central America thousands of years before anyone knew that the Americas existed? An academic mystery that challenges some of our most deeply held beliefs about history.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. pp. 179, In an urn, sealed in the wall of an ancient Central American tomb, the burial chamber of the Mayan king K`inich Yax K`uk`Mo, a mysterious manuscript has been found. The archaeologists who find it are perplexed. The scroll is in Latin, and it is older than the 1, 600-year-old tomb itself. It is the `Narrative of Questus, ` a Roman who lived in the 1st century AD, during the reign of Augustus. According to Patrick O. Enfield, the scholar entrusted with the task of translating and commenting on this spectacular find, there can be no doubt of its authenticity. The manuscript is subjected to `every available test and to detailed linguistic scrutiny. ` It is not a hoax. Although the scroll is damaged, it can be read, and it draws a detailed picture of the childhood and youth of the author. Questus is 19, an aspiring inventor who would like to create marvelous new machines for the Imperial army. His father is a remote figure, a military commander who is usually away on campaign. His mother, however, is anything but remote. Still young and delightfully pretty, she is a favourite of the Emperor and also of the poet Ovid (as a child Questuscalled him `Uncle Ovid`). Ovid`s The Art of Love has just been published, and the young diarist and his friends scrutinize it for sexual secrets, hidden meanings and scandal. Slowly, Questus realizes that one of those secrets involves his own mother....8vo.
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