The Sephardic tradition; Ladino and Spanish-Jewish literature.

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Four stories and two novellas, most of them oriented toward the sciences--Andrea Barrett's specialty--and several of them interconnected. Titles include "Theories of Rain" and "The Mysteries of Ubiquitin." The title novella is a strange, detailed account of a mathematician in India in the 1860s who is part of a project to map the Himalayas, consisting of both his letters home to his wife and his much franker narrative that she will never see. In this collection, Barrett brings back characters from previous stories, ...