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Sebastian (1968)
David Greene (director)

A film about a British mathematician trying to break the German codes during World War II. (So, add this to the growing list of works of mathematical fiction inspired by Alan Turing!) I must admit that I have not yet seen the film, but you've got to love its tagline:

(quoted from Sebastian)

We can't tell you what he does (it's an international secret) but he does it with 100 girls... and does it the best!

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Works Similar to Sebastian
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  2. Enigma by Robert Harris / Tom Stoppard
  3. The Company of Strangers by Robert Wilson
  4. Sekret Enigmy by Roman Wionczek
  5. The Imitation Game by Morten Tyldum (director) / Graham Moore (screenplay)
  6. En busca de Klingsor (In Search of Klingsor) by Jorge Volpi
  7. Decoded by Mai Jia
  8. The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
  9. Deep Lay the Dead by Frederick C. Davis
  10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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GenreHistorical Fiction, Adventure/Espionage,
MotifWar, Turing,

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