Synopses & Reviews
Lamar Jimmerson is the leader of the Gnomon Society, the international fraternal order dedicated to preserving the arcane wisdom of the lost city of Atlantis. Stationed in France in 1917, Jimmerson comes across a little book crammed with Atlantean puzzles, Egyptian riddles, and extended alchemical metaphors. It's the Codex Pappus - the sacred Gnomon text. Soon he is basking in the lore of lost Atlantis, convinced that his mission on earth is to administer to and extend the ranks of the noble brotherhood.
Back in print, Portis's brilliant "white comedy" is an unforgettable tale of secret societies, lost cities, and sacred texts--a cockeyed journey into an America of misfits and con men, oddballs and innocents.
Masters of Atlantis is a cock-eyed journey into an America of misfits and con-men, oddballs, and innocents.
About the Author
Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.