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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — En busca de Klingsor by Jorge Volpi. En busca de Klingsor by Jorge Volpi. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 19th by Planeta Publishing first published More Details Original Title.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of En busca de Klingsor. Dec 26, Anthony Ferner rated it liked it Shelves: latin-american-fiction. The two main characters are a young American physicist working for the American military, Francis Bacon, and a German mathematician who assists Bacon in his search, Gustav Links. The search is something of a shaggy dog story, encompassing encounters with some of the key non-fictional players in twentieth century science: Van Neumann, Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schroedinger.
So too are some of the key events of the second war, notably the Von Stauffenberg bomb plot to assassinate Hitler and its aftermath. And a thread of Aryan mythology runs through the whole thing, ostensibly tying together some of the themes of the book, and accounting for the mythologically-derived codename of the Nazi scientist, Klingsor. En busca de Klingsor translated into English as In Search of Klingsor is very readable and has many interesting aspects.
The idea of conveying the relationship between the main characters in terms of game theory is an intriguing one. The encounters with the real scientists are often vivid. But taken as a whole, the novel is a baggy compendium, over-filled with disparate ideas, as if concocted by a kleptomaniac magpie. The thematic connections are sometimes obscure or strained, and not always convincingly worked through.
The structure of the novel is complicated and clunky, switching repeatedly between themes, characters and historical periods. The point of view seems to waver one character appears to have access to the private thoughts and actions of another, for no good reason. The characters — with the possible exception of the touchy, libidinous Bacon — do not really come alive. They particularly Links are primarily vehicles for ideas and for interesting but awkward exposition of events and scientific theories.
The style wavers from the trite to the popular-scientific to the bombastic and over-literary. View 1 comment. In Search of Klingsor is, in many ways, a remarkable book.
It is full of science, philosophy, metaphysics and the great personalities of early twentieth century physics. It not only binds together the story arc with historical episodes and explanations of atomic science and game theory, it uses the principles of the latter as narrative devices. For example, the entire tale is an illustration of game theory and uncertainty. Indeed, the story is rich in detail and for the most part cleverly and engagingly constructed, and the book is clearly based on extensive research.
There is, however, a weakness in the structure. The telling is divided into three parts. If Volpi had found a way to conclude the story after the second part I have little doubt this would be one of my reads of the year. It really was a masterpiece up until this point. The third part, however, shifted focus to concentrate on Gustav Links, with the style and pace altering, and more problematically, it little advanced the story with regards to the search for Klingsor.
It worked to take the wind out of the sails of what had been a thoroughly compelling yarn and also led to some loose ends, not least with respect to Bacon, creating somewhat of a weak conclusion. Klingsor himself, as the chief Nazi scientist authorising every German experiment during the last war, is pretty much a McGuffin, his identity does not matter so much as the process of the search to pinpoint him.
It gives Volpi the chance to dramatise the inter-relationships of continental physicists before during and after the war. Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr. There is plenty of scope for issues here of trust, integrity and honesty, to say nothing of the moral conundrum of working towards discov Klingsor himself, as the chief Nazi scientist authorising every German experiment during the last war, is pretty much a McGuffin, his identity does not matter so much as the process of the search to pinpoint him.
There is plenty of scope for issues here of trust, integrity and honesty, to say nothing of the moral conundrum of working towards discoveries which will inevitably lead to the creation of weapons with the power to end civilisation.
Volpi's decision to maintain the drama with love interest, somehow muddies the waters and leaves the great scientists not working outside of moral considerations, but as if those considerations are simply beneath them, making them all seem a bit tarnished. Very interesting novel about scientists and their ethical and social responsibilities.
Not for everyone - if reading a short history of the development of quantum mechanics, intersped with the Nazi pursuit of the atomic bomb and a postwar investigation of German physicists and their culpabilities in the crimes of the 3rd Reich is not for you then give this novel a pass - but if the subject tickles your fancy this novel is excellent.
The ambiguous ending again may not be for people liking cookie Very interesting novel about scientists and their ethical and social responsibilities. The ambiguous ending again may not be for people liking cookie cutter endings with everything explained, but so what Well deserving of the accolades received. The quantum physics, the Nuremberg Trials, and a mixed-race relationship come together in this spin, haunting tale of post-World War II Germany.
An engaging novel that while Gustav and Francis start disentangling the mystery encircling Klingsor, their own pasts are starting to untangle. Full of lies and truths that mix with each other within a mysterious adventure. This piece of literature discusses topics like betrayal, love, politics, desolation, fear, death in a world seemingly defined by uncertainty and disorder. I give it 5 stars out of 5. The writer invites you to an unexpected journey with gold results.
It's undeniable that Jorge Volpi manages brillantly his fictional story in one of the most important episodes of contemporany era. Its characters are Surrounding inside of informative stories and unexpected turns its own end was very shocking. This is my first book to read in this year, and I should say that I started with the right choice. A fascinating tale. A whodunit or rather a whoishe. The novel centres on the world of academic physics before and during the second world war and the hunt for the mysterious "Klingsor" of the title.
This character, if he exists, was responsible for making all the scientific decisions under Hitler. A great story with a potted history of the development of Quantum Physics in an easily understandable manner on the way. Also tales of love and lust and very tangled relationships. Can you trust an A fascinating tale.
Can you trust anybody? I highly recommend! Jul 24, Arturo rated it it was amazing. Interesting and entertaining read. Although it is fictional, it has plenty of real references that I did not know about. Highly recommend it. Mar 24, Felix rated it it was amazing Shelves: amusing. It is a great effort of searching the truth between science politics where the yield options are between things that should be and should not.
Jan 28, Alex Santoyo rated it it was amazing. An excellent fiction story around the second world war, but in a different perspective, as seen from the physicist that was involved in it. It is like you could hear from them the principal science and moral problems that came with the creation of the atomic bomb.
It centers on the quest of finding a scientist named Klingsor, allegedly been the science right hand of Hitler but in the way there is so much troubles to be handed by Francis Bacon, the protagonist of the book.
One of the greatest feelings has got to be reading a book that obsesses you and make you ponder about it for a long time.
During my lunch break, the wee hours of the morning and even sneaking a page while I had two minutes to myself, I did nothing but read this marvellous gem of a novel. Francis Bacon no not the scientist or playwright is a somewhat unlucky physicist, especially in the f One of the greatest feelings has got to be reading a book that obsesses you and make you ponder about it for a long time.
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