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The Crime of the Mathematics Professor (1960)
Clarice Lispector

There is very little mathematical content to this story of a math professor attempting to atone for having abandoned a pet dog. He is described (in the English translation) as having a "cold, mathematical head". He seems to be trying to do some sort of algebraic substitution of a dead dog he has found for the one he left. At first, he wants to bury the dead dog in the exact center of a field, but later decides to simply pick a spot randomly. (The description in each case suggests the link to mathematics is quite intentional.)

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Mathematical Content:
1.2/5 (5 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.8/5 (5 votes)

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