Interesting book – the first chapter introduces, or at least makes mention of, a “visitor” the Narrator and a Reader. There are many beautiful sketches and line drawings throughout.
Lucas – the French forger- (1818–1880): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Vrain-Lucas
The Third Republic – the government of France from 1870 to 1940 – This is the setting in which the old man is writing.
Eiffel Tower – 1889 – so this book takes place at least a couple years after that was built.
first person is Abbe Dalla Piccola – a forger, dealer in illicit materials, masquerader, yukkie person – he specifically hates Jews, Germans, the French, Christians (Lutherans, Catholics), Italians, Masons and Jesuits. He may be losing his mind.
Shoot – I just had to go finish it –