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The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires
Eric Stener Carlson
Hidden away in the pages of an old copy of Lives of the Saints is a diary brimming with heresy and claims of supernatural powers. When Miguel Ibañez stumbles across it in the strange bookshop he first believes it to be the ravings of a lunatic. But what if it is true? What if the anonymous author has really learned the secrets of controlling time? Could Miguel learn to do the same and therefore correct all the mistakes in his life?
Trapped in a mediocre job at a forgotten Ministry, his marriage falling apart, Miguel desperately searches for more hidden entries. This leads him on a chase through the forbidden bookstores, abandoned buildings and dark subways of Buenos Aires.
Miguel’s obsession soon brings him to the doors of the Saint Perpetuus Club, a secret society that holds the key to the salamanca, the cave where the Devil grants all wishes . . . for a price.
The deeper Miguel goes, the more he wonders whom he can trust. His wife, his friends, his old philosophy professor? Perhaps they are all members of the Club? Miguel is willing to risk his life, and his immortal soul, to uncover the secrets of The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires.
Admirers of the book might like to know that the Megapolisomancy website has created a page called Locations in The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires, which offers photographs of the key sites from the book.
"The multi-layered narrative is full of surprises, and the conclusion provides a modest grace note that beautifully befits the tale." - Christopher Fowler, Financial Times
"If there is one book you should spend your hard earned money on this year, you should make it The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires. If you like Strange Tales, Mysteries, or Thrillers – or if you just enjoy an eloquently written piece of literature – you should not miss the opportunity to pick this book up. This is the finest book I have had the pleasure of reading this year. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end." - She Never Slept!
"At bottom, it’s a deal with the Devil story, and as always in these it’s the Devil who has the last laugh, but made special by the distinctive tone and the wealth of ideas planted in the text. Recommended." Peter Tennant, Black Static 17
"...before I had even read a page, I wanted to love the story as much as I loved the paper it had been printed on and the binding it had been sewn into. ... And I did love it, but I loved it in a strange, unsettling, way. Carlson has created a story that is neither occult, nor science fiction nor theology even though elements of all are included." - David Mitchell, Bibliobuffet
"Unpredictable and steeped in allusions to classic and contemporary works, this spry exercise in magic realism can be enjoyed as a parable on how our reading transforms our perception of the world." - Publishers Weekly
"This work should appeal to fans of good writing and the occult. The prose is top-notch and great care has been taken in providing the reader with an intellectual, multi-layered story." - Grim Rictus Reviews
"...a captivating novel written in a sparkling style, precise yet imaginative." - Mario Guslandi at Rick Kleffel's Agony Column
See also Muladona by Eric Stener Carlson