'Heart of Ivory' by Luis Manuel Ruiz

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The Sevillian Luis Manuel Ruiz has written a dozen novels, as well as a book of stories, and is possibly one of the most unclassifiable authors in current Spanish literature. The reason is not only in what he does today but in the evolution of his work. Because from his first novels, which raised mysteries with a great historical-cultural burden that had to be solved in the present, but which had their roots in the past, he has progressed to the field of scientific fantasy.

His two previous books ('The faceless man' and 'The stone army') were led by Professor Fo, a crazy character of enormous value as a scientist and an even greater awkwardness for everyday life. These stories, set about a century ago, contained a great deal of humor, to the point of having a certain kinship with some comic characters.

In 'Heart of Ivory', Luis Manuel Ruiz leaves humor aside. Here the plot begins when a chess champion who is paid a crazy sum for facing an old man on the verge of death suffers the frustration of an unexpected defeat. From there, the novel delves into a field in which genetic manipulation is the key to a dark history, with touches of Tim Burton in terms of scenarios, which mixes the adventure with barely optimistic reflections on what the future might be of Humanity.

The overflowing imagination and a magnificent writing – author's mark – define an original and unusual work.

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