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"Audin plays with codes, numbers and dates to create a fascinating and unsettling story."Le Temps
This debut novel by mathematician and Oulipo member Michèle Audin retraces the lives of French mathematicians over several generations through World Wars I and II. The narrative oscillates stylistically from chapter to chapterat times a novel, fable, historical research, or a diarylocking and unlocking codes, culminating in a captivating, original reading experience.
Michèle Audin is the author of many works of mathematical theory and history, and has also published a work of creative nonfiction on the disappearance of her father in Algeria.