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Verissimo's narrative is a dazzling blend of vintage Ellery Queen and essential Borges. Fascinating!

—Donald Yates

Luis Verissimo

Contemporary Brazilian writer

Luis Fernando Verissimo (b. 1936), son of the ambassador Erico Verissimo, is one of the most popular literary figures in Brazil today. His crônicas have appeared in major national publications and the national weekly Veja, providing observations about Brazilian life, as well as wonderful illustrations and cartoons.

The Club of Angels

Fiction by Luis Verissimo

translated by Margaret Jull Costa

The Club of Angels is an irresistible, enticing book about the sin of gluttony. With wit and dark humor, Verissimo tells the story of ten well-to-do men who meet every month to dine fabulously. When their leader and chef dies of AIDS, he is replaced by a mysterious, strangely taciturn cook who gives them gastronomic experiences to die for!

Borges and the Eternal Orangutans

Fiction by Luis Verissimo

translated by Margaret Jull Costa

Vogelstein is a loner who has always lived among books. Suddenly, fate grabs hold of his insignificant life and carries him off to Buenos Aires, to a conference on Edgar Allan Poe, the inventor of the modern detective story. There Vogelstein meets his idol, Jorge Luis Borges, and for reasons that a mere passion for literature cannot explain, he finds himself at the center of a murder investigation that involves arcane demons, the mysteries of the Kabbala, the possible destruction of the world, and the Elizabethan magus John Dee’s "Eternal Orangutan," which, given all the time in the world, would end up writing all the known books in the cosmos. Verissimo’s small masterpiece is a literary tour de force and a brilliant mystery novel rolled into one.