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The Invisible City

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A literary thrillerabout a contemporarygallery owner plunged into a fascinating extinct world Emili Rossell, the young owner of one of Barcelona's top galleries, receives an old manuscript written by an Italian architect about the "Invisible City"—an ambitious project dreamed up by King Charles III to build an alternative capital city in the Ebro delta. The manuscript con ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Alma Books (first published 2006)
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I'm not sure who this book would appeal to especially. I'm tempted to suggest the Da Vinci Code Brigade but since I've neither read the book nor seen the film I could be wrong. Art is important in the book as is architecture but you don't need to know that much about them to get the idea what's going on. If I did have one major criticism, and this is something that Agatha Christie is guilty of, the novel's readers are deprived of one major clue right up until the big reveal at the end. This is a ...more
The premise of the book is quite interesting and it is billed as a "literary thriller". I enjoyed the story, especially the memoirs of the neoclassical Italian Architect. But the mystery ("why did all work on the new city planned by Charles III stop abruptly? What and where was 'THE Tiepolo'? Who was Emili's father?") in the end wasn't very thrilling and was fairly obvious. The Invisible City won one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the Catalan language in 2004, so my expectations were ...more
King Charles III envisioned building a second capital city and put his dream in writing. An architect ends up possessing this masterpiece and brings it to a gallery for Emili to take a look at. It turns out that the setting for the second capital city is the same place Emili used to play in when he was young. Emili is soon sucked into this unknown world and will be forever changed because of it.

I was instantly hooked because this is a fabulous book! Emili is an extremely talented story-teller.
Natalie Reiss
I rarely give up on a book, but this one didn't capture my interest. I envisioned a Da Vinci code type plot, but I didn't find that to be the case at all.
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