"Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants," by Mathias Énard

Mathias Énard is one of France's greatest living writers, and this book is a master class in short fiction. We follow Michelangelo in Constantinople in 1506 after he was hired by the sultan of the Ottoman Empire to construct a bridge over the Golden Horn. It's simply superb, with a few solid digs at da Vinci.

MATT KELIHER, Subtext Books

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