Voltaire's Calligrapher

Pablo De Santis

NOVEL. DESTINO, 2001. 205 PAGES.

In France during the enlightenment, a young calligrapher in the service of Voltaire will tell the tale of a plot by a religious order to increase its power and influence in French politics. This scribe will lead the investigation and solve an enigma that involves monks, publishers, philosophers, artists, assassins and inventors. A stream of unforgettable characters populates this short tale dominated by its protagonists’ obsession with the physical beauty of words, their shape, colour, medium and occasionally almost alchemical creation. False miracles, anonymous pamphlets of obvious authorship, women who look like statues, statues who look like women, the secret of the automatons, priests in the corridors of power, assassins with a good heart, writers who will determine the future of a monastic dynasty and a copyist who moves around 18th Century Paris in coffins as part of a night time body delivery service, are just some of the men and women who will write, with the art and commitment of a calligrapher, this story.  

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