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The Manual of Darknessby Unknown
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The world's best magician is going blind, but is there a story that can save him? Victor Losa has spent his life studying magic. His mentor, Mario Galvan, taught him not only the practical aspects of the art, but also its history and the lives of famous Victorian magicians, including the most enigmatic of them all, Peter Grouse, a pickpocket who challenged the best of the day. Now, Victor Losa is standing outside a green door, ready to receive an ovation from his colleagues after having been proclaimed the world's best magician. Suddenly a light appears in his eye and he can't see the door anymore. But this is no magic trickhe is diagnosed with a rare degenerative condition of the optical nerve. In short, he is rapidly going blind. As he loses his sight, Victor finds that there are new ways to conjure the world through stories of the past, present, and future. And finally he learns the secret behind his mentor's teachings.
Enrique de Hériz has worked as an editor and translator and has undertaken translations to Spanish of writers such as Annie Proulx, Nadine Gordimer, Stephen King, Peter Carey, and John Fowles. He is the author of Lies.