Pablo de Santis
Pablo De Santis was born in Buenos Aires in 1963. He studied Literature at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has worked as a journalist and comic scriptwriter and published numerous books for young adults. In the comics' field, he worked as scriptwriter for the magazine "Fierro" where he became the Editor-in-Chief. He also wrote essays about the art of comics, one of which was published as a book, LA HISTORIETA EN LA EDAD DE LA RAZON (COMICS IN THE AGE OF REASON). His comic scripts, illustrated by Max Cachimba, were gathered under a volume entitled ROMPECABEZAS (PUZZELS).
In the past decade, De Santis published five novels: LA TRADUCCION (THE TRANSLATION), FILOSOFIA Y LETRES (PHILOSOPHY AND LETTERS), EL TEATRO DE LA MEMORIA (THE THEATER OF MEMORY), EL CALIGRAFO DE VOLTAIRE (VOLTAIRE'S CALLIGRAPHER) and EL ENIGMA EN PARIS (THE PARIS ENIGMA), as well as a number of acclaimed novels for young readers.
De Santis is the winner of the Inaugural Premio de Narrativa Iberoamericana Planeta-Casa de América for THE PARIS ENIGMA. The Premio de Narrativa Iberoamericana is Latin America's equivalent to the Premio Planeta, one of Spain's most highly regarded literary awards. His most recent novel is LOS ANTICUARIOS (THE ANTIQUARIANS), a vampire novel set in Buenos Aires
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Wall Street Journal: "Luminous . . . a tightly spun thriller . . . Mr. De Santis effortlessly incorporates important historical events--the building of the Eiffel Tower and the World's Fair--into his narrative."
Publishers Weekly (starred review): "[An] outstanding puzzler. . . . De Santis adroitly explores such issues as the difference between image and reality while providing intelligent and entertaining discussions of alternate approaches to detection."
San Francisco Chronicle: "This is a whodunit that provokes thought as well as entertainment, on subjects from waterproof shoeshine cream to ancient Greek physics."
Washington Post: "An overabundance of colorful characters and cases creates a hazy atmosphere of intelligent . . . escapism."
Washington Post: "Murder and mayhem . . . colorful characters and cases create a hazy atmosphere of intelligent escapism."
New York Times: "A beguiling historical whodunit."
Kirkus Reviews: "Richly reminiscent of Umberto Eco, the headlong pace of this dark fantasy–combining elements of mystery, historical fiction, horror and the splinter genre clockpunk–will let readers swallow the entrancing story in a single gulp."
Time Out: "An entertaining read, moving at a clip towards a pleasingly unpredictable conclusion."
Rolling Stone, Buenos Aires: "Each of its sentences conveys a passion for manuscripts... Those who have read other books by this author will find again the precision in the rhythm, the skill to weigh up each word before choosing it. . . Each chapter is like a planet revolving with its own brightness within a greater, precise and intertwined plot. This is a (mischievously) historical novel, a thriller and a philosophical novel too, but above all, it is a novel of adventures."
La Nación Revista, Buenos Aires: "Those who believe that calligraphy is a sedentary art, have not yet read [VOLTAIRE'S CALLIGRAPHER], Pablo De Santis' wonderful novel. De Santis writes a historical thriller without the common guided visits to the past, because of his narrative, which is deliciously and admirably sinister."