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Killing Pythagoras Paperback – December 20, 2013
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About the Author
English / Spanish Marcos Chicot was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1971. He has a BA in clinical and occupational psychology as well as in economics. He wrote his first novel, Oscar, in 1997. In 1998, he wrote Gordon's Diary, which won the Francisco Umbral Award. Two years later, he wrote a novel for young readers that won the Rotary Club International Literary Award. He has been a finalist in short story and novel contests such as the Max Aub Award, the City of Badajoz Prize, the Juan Pablo Forner Award, and the Planeta Prize. His novel Killing Pythagoras was the best-selling ebook in the Spanish speaking world in 2013. In 2015 Killing Pythagoras was singled out for the acclaimed Mediterranean Culture Award. He donates ten percent of the profits from his books to NGOs for people with intellectual disabilities, and he is profoundly grateful to his readers for making this possible. He has been married since 2007 and has two children: Lucía (2009) and Daniel (2012). Find out more about the years he spent researching and writing Killing Pythagoras at "The Story Behind the Novel": http://www.marcoschicot.com/en/killing-pythagoras You can also find out more about Marcos Chicot at: www.marcoschicot.com Marcos Chicot nació en Madrid, España, en 1971. Es licenciado en Psicología Clínica, así como en Económicas y en Psicología Laboral. Escribió su primera novela -Óscar- en 1997. En 1998 escribió Diario de Gordon, con la que ganaría el Premio de Novela Francisco Umbral. Dos años más tarde escribió una novela juvenil que fue reconocida con el Premio Internacional Literario Rotary Club. Ha quedado finalista en premios de relato y de novela como el Max Aub, el Ciudad de Badajoz, el Juan Pablo Forner y el Premio Planeta. Su novela El asesinato de Pitágoras fue el ebook en español más vendido del mundo en el año 2013. En 2015 ha sido galardonada con el prestigioso "Premio per la Cultura Mediterranea". Destina el 10% de lo que obtiene con sus libros a ONGs para personas con discapacidad intelectual (y está profundamente agradecido a todos sus lectores por hacerlo posible). Está casado desde el año 2007 y tiene dos hijos -Lucía (2009) y Daniel (2012)-. Para más información relacionada con los años dedicados a El asesinato de Pitágoras, se puede leer "La historia detrás de la novela" aquí: http://www.marcoschicot.com/es/el-asesinato-de-pitagoras Puedes leer más sobre Marcos Chicot o contactar con él en: www.marcoschicot.com
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This book certainly could appeal to a wide audience, even to the idea of women in the field of mathematics in the lives of Theano, Pythagoras wife and his daughter as well. One who is just interested in philosophy or in the moral conduct of a personal life. Everything is here in this novel. I did not find the violent scenes disgusting given the times. I found this to be sort of a creative non fiction or as I like to call it faction. It really is no different than some of our stories in America, let us say using the revolutionary war or civil war as a backdrop. Nevertheless, the math concepts are true, real, and appropriate. In short it is a very cool book. I wish I could know Spanish well enough to read it in its native production. I am sure a little bit of its beauty in language gets lost in translation. It is still worth every penny of the purchase. Thank you Mr Chcot. Enjoyed it. Dr JB Zito
This book is also about mathematics. It is fascinating to read how simple rules of geometry taught presently in middle school (and a little more complicated mathematical concepts taught in high school and in college) were the subjects of secrecy and high passion and changed a way we view the word. I loved citations from “Encyclopedia Mathematica, 1926”. But if you do not like geometry, do not worry, there is plenty more there, including fast action and historical background. And if one is curious what is real and what is a made up fiction one can go to author’s web page and find out. If you want to be entertained and learn something at the same time, definitely read this book.
Despite all the praise above I had some difficult moments reading. First one was at the very beginning when author introduces many new characters with difficult to remember names and not much is happening. The second moment was somewhere in the middle when things seem to become repetitive and predictable. I plodded through these parts and was rewarded afterwards. So, OK, it is not exactly Mika Waltari book but close. I am eagerly waiting for the sequel.