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What could a
computer wizard self-exiled in an abandoned Buddhist temple possibly have
in common with the humble servant of a medieval fresco painter? What is
the link between the enigmatic mission of a giant radio-telescope and a
tribe of spherical beings who dwell in a world full of unearthly scents
and herbs? What will bring four great scientists from various centuries,
Archimedes, Ludolph van Ceulen, Nikola Tesla and Stephen Hawking, to the
same spot in time? What has this got to do with Rama, a female computer
program, impregnated by a strange ape? And, above all, why is it necessary
for Sherlock Holmes and Moriarti to join forces so that the Fourth Circle
can finally be closed?
"In its rich tapestry of prose and compositional
skills, as well as in its imaginative leaps and intellectual
sophistication, The Fourth Circle must be considered, so far, as
the author's masterpiece, an acclamation that extends well beyond a mere
appreciation of Zivkovic's own and singular work."
"When the pieces of The Fourth
Circle resolve themselves into a unity in the reader's mind,
something very like (an) epiphany occurs. Overall, one of the more
extraordinary moments in recent SF, and one of the most beautiful (...)
The richness of this novel is such that it can accommodate any number of
interpretations; it will certainly sustain years of literary analysis.
Circle is the finest allegory of understanding to hit the shelves
in some time."
Russia by Amphora, 2002, in the USA by Night Shade
Books/Ministry of Whimsy, 2004, in Bulgaria by Infodar,
and in Slovenia by Blodnjak, 2006.