He shakes, and looks down at the document, just a few small pages, and looks back up at the ceiling. He realizes he has discovered a document that could change his life forever. It also occurs to him that he has never been in love. What a strange sensation.
Dr. Apelles lives a diligent existence. A Native American translator of Native American literature, his life has become solitary and academic. It is when he stumbles across an extremely old manuscript--a love story--that only he can translate, that the rules--the very words--which define his life begin to shift. Is it his place to give meaning to this ancient story? Can language be trusted? And what, more importantly, does he know of love? With a shock of discovery, he realizes that he has never been in love. As the translation progresses, the story of Dr. Apelles takes many fascinating forms.
A brillant, innovative mystery of letters, award-winning author, David Treuer, excavates the persistent myths that belittle the contemporary Native American experience. He shows how the power of imagination can liberate or circumscribe, and poses the question: whose power is greater: the imagined, or the one who imagines.
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