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Review of ‘The Friar and the Cipher’

In 1912, a bookseller rummages through trunks full of illuminated medieval manuscripts in a remote Italian castle converted to a Jesuit school. A small volume, not much bigger than a paperback, catches his eye. The bookseller a Lithuanian immigrant whose past is shaded by run-ins with revolutionaries, anarchists and spies realizes that the book is…

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