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The Extravagance of the Italians

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Translated by Martin Chalmers

‘Of course, I learned long ago that this absurd adventure was my own fault. If I tell my Roman friends about it, they listen with amusement but also with admiration and alarm in their laughter.’

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Hans Magnus Enzensberger is one of Germany's greatest living writers. The Number Devil is essential reading for anyone - of any age - who has ever been mystified by mathematics. He lives in Munich.

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Translated by Martin Chalmers

Martin Chalmers was a translator of 20th century and contemporary German writing. Over his career he translated many eminent authors, including Herta Müller, Hubert Fichte, and Robert Walser. He died in 2014.

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