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Symmetry and the Expatriate (2012)
Tefcros Michaelides
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A fictional character obsessed with symmetry is forced by horrific circumstances to travel around Europe in the early 20th century where he meets famous mathematicians, relatives of famous mathematicians, and the artist M.C. Escher.

This novel was published in Greek and (AFAIK) it has not yet been translated into any other languages. Since I cannot read Greek, I must admit that I have not read this book myself. I am grateful to Vijay Fafat for bringing it to my attention.

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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians, War,

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