Jakob Mendel is a living encyclopaedia. He spends the day at the Gluck Café in Vienna, Austria, reading and memorizing thousands of books's titles and catalogues. Students and collectors come to visit him in order to get the informations they can't obtain elsewhere.
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So concentrated with his work, Mendel lives in a peculiar world and isn't even aware that WWI has begun. So when the secret police is informed that Mendel is writing letters to librarians in France and England, the poor man is arrested and thrown into jail.
The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler