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La tabla de Flandes

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  12,083 ratings  ·  584 reviews
Una restauradora de arte encuentra una inscripcion oculta, en forma de partida de ajedrez, en el lienzo de un pintor flamenco del siglo XV. El sorprendente hallazgo provoca que una singular galeria de personajes emprenda una turbulenta aventura en pos de desvelar el enigma. Pero no se trata de un enigma cualquiera: tal vez constituya la clave de un secreto que pudo haber c ...more
Published May 1st 2000 by Sudamericana (first published 1990)
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My friend Cathy (also a chessplayer) told me I had to read this, and she was indeed right. I couldn't put it down, and finished it in about a day. It's... well, what is it? I read it as a kind of postmodernist reimagining of Alice Through The Looking-Glass. Other books I immediately thought of were The Name of the Rose, Gödel, Escher, Bach and Luzhin's Defense.

Formally, it's a very stylized murder mystery. Julia, the sexy but childlike Alice figure, is a Madrid art restorer. She receives an unu
Feb 18, 2010 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intellectual mystery lovers, art history scholars, fatalists
Well that was just as good as I remembered. Everything I said below still holds true. The tale may have felt a bit more heavy handed this time, but I think that's only because I knew who the murderer was and as Sherlock Holmes says, "I only saw it because I knew what I was looking for." It didn't diminish the pleasure of the experience.

This re-read had me focusing a lot more on characterization since I didn't have to be obsessively caught up in the mystery. What is beautifully done here is showi
Emir Never

Restoring a 15th century painting “The Game of Chess” by Pieter Van Huys, Julia, an art specialist, discovers a hidden Latin inscription: Quis Necavit Equitem. Translated as Who killed the Knight?, the text gives a different hue to the work featuring the Duke of Flanders and his Knight playing a game of chess with a mysterious lady in black hovering in the background. As Julia tries to investigate deeper, the painting sheds layers of meanings and references that seem to point to a 15th century m
Matthew Roche
I wanted so badly to love this book.

The simplest way to describe it is the novelisation of Douglas Hofstadter's opus, "Godel, Escher, Bach." In fact, it is impossible to believe that Perez-Reverte had finished G.E.B. more than ten minutes before furiously scribing "The Flanders Panel."

I wanted to love it because I love books based on puzzles and logic, and GEB may be one of my favorite books of all time.

But the novel is just so weak. The characters (charicatures?) were flat and absurd - how many
I got this as a birthday present and took it with me on our Thanksgiving trip. I wish I had taken the Manhattan phone book instead. It would have had a lot more interesting characters and none of them would be such implausible things as the characters of this novel. The whole structure is so contrived it ultimately collapses under its own weight. The book is built around a convoluted metaphor like "art is chess is life is art," but the harder the author works at it, the more tenuous it becomes. ...more

"I would say that chess has more to do with the art of murder than it does with the art of war.”

The Flanders Panel is the picture of Chess in its truest form.
Every piece is a character. Every move is an influence. To win it, you must cross death.

“Amazing,” he murmured.

There is no better word to describe it. The enigma itself may not be that surprising, but the steps undertaken to manipulate, and likewise, to uncover it was engaging.

excellent! I love this blend of top shelf entertainment, intrigue and mystery which at the same time informs the reader of the mores of the Art World, the in and outs of restoring paintings, and, most prominently, the game of chess. As mediocre a player as I am, I was still able to follow the descriptions and logic of the moves and the use of a 500 year old chess game that is relevant to the mystery unfolding before us is just flat-out clever.

Reverte also wrote The Club Dumas, another book that
3,5 αστέρια.
Είναι ένα από τα ελάχιστα βιβλία που οι εκδότες δεν το αφήνουν να πεθάνει επανεκδίδοντάς το αέναα. Το συγκεκριμένο είχε φτάσει στην 21η έκδοση το 2009 σύμφωνα με το αντίτυπο που έχω. Φαίνεται πως βρήκαν άλλη μια κότα να τους γεννάει χρυσά αυγά στο διηνεκές, αυτό δείχνει και η σταθερή ακατέβατη τιμή του εδώ και τόσα χρόνια.

Παρότι του έβαλα, τελικά, 3,5 αστέρια δεν θα το σύστηνα σε όσους δεν γνωρίζουν ή δεν αγαπούν το σκάκι. Σας προειδοποιώ ότι η βαθμολογία μου είναι προκατειλημένη. Σκ
Mark Hebwood
Overall, I liked this fine. Characters had real depth, were idiosyncratic, querky, troubled, colourful, and well-developed. The plot was complex, and Arturo managed to create an unusual whodunit by peppering his detective story with elements from the arcane worlds of reverse-chess and philosophy of perception.

Beginning to sound a little bit weird? Yes that is also what I thought. Sure, Arturo differentiates himself from the pack by writing something I might call a "literary thriller". But I cou
This disappointed me, especially since it came so highly recommended. I just couldn't buy into it though. The plot was absurd and unbelievable in numerous places. The characters lacked common sense. Let's see...someone is trying to kill me...I think I'll go out late at night by myself and cruise around the city, hail taxis, go to a nice restaurant, and then head back to my apartment for a quiet night by myself where the killer just so happens to know I live. That kind of crap really grated on me ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. The plot is connected to both art history and chess. Well, in a former life (or my youth if you prefer), I was an art historian. In fact I was prepared to do a doctoral thesis on a series of paintings by Rembrandt. I bring that up because it was exciting for me to read a fictional story, a mystery no less, using art as the basis but it was like going back in time. I had to get back to a different way of thinking. Even more so with the chess angle.

The probl
I have read this book almost 16 years ago, but I still remember how fascinated I was after.
For me, back in the '90-'00s, if you haven't read a book of Mr Reverte, couldn't have a clue about his writing skills!
I recommend this one, to anyone who adores art and mystery, especially if they are bond so well in a book
Snoozie Suzie
I really enjoyed this to start, but by the end I was disappointed. What didn't bother me at the beginning did in the end as it was kind of unfinished due to lack of character involvement/development which left it all hanging a bit and so unsatisfactory.

The chess side of things was very clever, but got a bit overwhelming toward the end I felt. But a clever alternative view of a murder mystery. In a way it reminds me of a Nancy Drew mystery as they often revolved around objects.
Licinia Cardoso
Adiei, e adiei a leitura deste livro por receio, afinal foi infundado, pois gostei muito de "A Tábua de Flandres". Os dois ou três livros que já li de Arturo Pérez-Reverte não foram satisfatórios, mas a sinopse deste agradou-me e resolvi tentar uma vez mais e em boa a hora o fiz!
Ajedrez retrospectivo que llega a su clímax con J.S Bach sonando de fondo. Una obra de arte que data del S. XV con una inscripción oculta. Una restauradora, un aficionado al ajedrez y un coleccionista de antigüedades se ven envueltos en un juego que los convierte en piezas claves.
For the most part "The Flanders Panel" was a disappointment. It was undoubtedly well-researched, but the plot didn't grab me. I never felt that tug pulling me to the book and forcing me to continue reading. I could put it down at any moment. I like this author, but I found this book cliched and shallow. The characters lacked depth, and there was a repetitive quality to the prose, so that I found myself correctly anticipating how a sentence would end. I had difficulty connecting with his world of ...more
I really wanted to like this book because the premise was so great. Guess I wasn't quite enough the intellectual to understand all the philosopher references, all the Latin, and, of course, the chess - even though the chess-game-run-backwards was painfully explained at one point (even enough for this novice to understand).

Plus the characters were not believable and seemed stereotyped. The author went out of his way to describe one's beauty, and one's sophistication, etc., ad nauseum. Great premi
Like other Pérez-Reverte books, this one initially consumed me. All the elements of his novels are present: interesting and complex characters, a modern mystery that plays out against a historical backdrop, in-depth descriptions that bring to life arcane subjects - in Club Dumas the antique book trade, in Fencing Master fencing, in this book, chess.

Unlike other Pérez-Reverte books, however, this one lost me in the last quarter when the mystery was resolved. I found the revelation of who and why
I liked the idea, I liked the setting, I even liked the chess (which I know next to nothing about). What I didn't like was how "impressed" everyone was with an art historian being able to make a timeline of events. Ok, I know this was pre-internet, but this man is an art HISTORIAN and what else does an historian do than research books about past events? If I'd read one more person describing Alvaro as "impressive" I would have murdered the book before the murderer had a chance to act. I also did ...more
Let me just say Arturo Perez Reverte has got what it takes to be a classic writer. If Agatha Cristie were to write Angels and Demons, the result would have been The Flanders Panel.

Excessive description could lag down the read sometimes, but over all, this is one hell of a book! It actually led me to buying my own dang chess set!
Perez-Reverte writes fast-paced witty novels, mostly based in his home country of Spain. The Flanders Panel was the first of his that I read, and maybe the very best. It has a mystery and a puzzle about the Flanders Panel, which (if I remember, after many years), has a hidden message in it that reveals an old mystery. Wonderful book.
The book's main theme is a painting by Peter van Huys. Julia is restoring paintings and a painting representing a chess game between the Duke of Flanders and his knight is her current task. While running her tests she discovers a hidden message under the tablecloth saying: Who killed the knight? So Julia starts trying to solve the mystery of a murder that took place centuries ago. But murders start taking place around Julia and then the chess game becomes a death threat.

Although the book starte
Jan 10, 2015 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chess lovers?
Recommended to Anna by: goodreads
“Sometimes," he said at last, as if it were an enormous effort to formulate his thoughts, "I wonder if chess is something man invented or if he merely discovered it. It's as if it were something that has always been there, since the beginning of the universe. Like whole numbers.”
― Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Flanders Panel

I REALLY wanted to LOVE this book -- the idea for the story, the art history, the hidden meanings in the painting -- the idea was very interesting, the story itself was just so-
Grace Tjan
This book, my second from the author, contains all the ingredients that should make it an engrossing read: art, medieval history, and mystery. However, after slogging through it for several days, I find the main mystery to be too contrived to be believable (that 20-page exposition at the end by the villain scarcely helps at all), and the other ingredients merely garnish instead of an integral part of the story. Sure, there are plenty of literary allusions (we are beaten over the head with the on ...more
There's something alluring about the way the author wrote... when I was reading The Dumas Club I found myself wanting to know more about Alexandre Dumas' personal life, more than what I could find at Wikipedia. While reading The Flanders Panel, I spent a lot of time Googling about the painting and the painter mentioned in the novel... was rather surprised to read that the aforementioned painter had never actually painted the painting, but the way it had been written, I had never once questioned ...more
Huh. Well, I didn't see that reveal coming! Arturo Pérez-Reverte certainly did a great job of keeping me guessing as to who done it!

The Flanders Panel was an interesting yet odd book for me. I found the passages about chess to be incredibly interesting, which is shocking because my elementary school aged niece can beat me at chess. I'm terrible at it, and completely lack the ability to think ahead and make the devious plans that seem to be required in chess. In this book, though, Perez-Reverte a
Jun 16, 2008 Claire rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of chess and antiques, romantics, mystery fans, and people who want to go to Spain
This book is dazzling.

I've read almost everything Arturo Perez-Reverte has written, and this is by far my favorite - I even like it better than "The Club Dumas," which is probably his most famous and was the first book of his I ever read.

Five reasons why I love this book:

1) The sense of place - no one does spooky, rainy Madrid streets with sad Spanish ballads barely audible in the background like this guy.

2) The main character, a feisty, chain-smoking art restorer who gets pulled into the myst
Jan 04, 2008 Renee rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Renee by: Random pick from the library
As I was reading this book I was very much into the intrigue--I'm a growing fan of these drama s a la Name of the Rose and The Da Vinci Code that place a murder mystery in a complex context of art, history or mythology. I feel educated at the end without feeling schooled. So, even though I'd rather take a pencil to my eye than play chess, I skimmed the chess parts and kept up with the art piece.

My biggest issue with this book was that it was an almost perfect example of deus ex machina. Suddenl
Well i'm not quite finished with this, but of the three Perez-Reverete books i've read this is probably my least favorite. I just haven't been able to connect with the characters or circumstances, which is odd becuase i'm an artist who enjoys a good game of chess.

One small thing i keep going back to that i just have a horrible time with, and i feel so nitpicky about it being such a big deal to me; but a Restorationist that gladly smokes like a chimney around the centuries-old art that she is res
A truly great historical and modern mystery involving an ancient painting, the chess game in the painting as well as the artist's subjects, the art historians trying to solve the riddle of the chess game and the hidden message painted over, a murder mystery taking place among the current observers with connections and parallels at many levels spanning the centuries, with a reclusive chess master as a key investigator. I'll need to read it again to get some of what I missed the first reading, but ...more
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Spanish novelist and ex-journalist. He worked as a war reporter for twenty-one years (1973 - 1994). He started his journalistic career writing for the now-defunct newspaper I>Pueblo/I>. Then, he jumped to news reporter for TVE, Spanish national channel. As a war journalist he traveled to several countries, covering many conflicts. He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche', f ...more
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