"The Villa Kerylos—a house unlike any other—makes both an unparalleled setting and protagonist in this fascinating, erudite novel. Adrien Goetz artfully interweaves dramas of archaeological quest and forgery in an elaborate memory palace traversed by personal obsessions and savage events that shook early 20th century France—from the Dreyfus affair to the Nazi occupation."

Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University Professor of Art History and former Museum of Modern Art chief curator of architecture