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The Parrot's Theorem (2000)  
Denis Guedj 
This is an ambitious novel, a magical fantasy about a talking parrot bought at a flea market in France who, with the help of the personal library of a reclusive mathematical genius, teaches some children (and the reader) about 2000 years of the history of mathematics. Though it was written originally written, I believe, in French (under the name Le theoreme du perroquet: roman), an English
version has recently been published.
The author, a professor of the history of science, specializes in the use of fiction to develop scientific literacy. This novel is certainly a masterpiece of this genre. The clever plot device of having a nonmathematical bibliophile forced to look carefully through a collection of mathematics books may succeed in interesting a general audience in the history of mathematics. (I certainly learned some fascinating bits of mathematical history myself!) Note also that people seem to really like this author's nonfiction. You can read a review of the novel by Simon Singh here. Here are some comments from visitors to this site:

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Mathematical Content: 4.12/5 (27 votes) 
 
Literary Quality: 3.91/5 (30 votes) 

Categories:  

Genre  Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Didactic, 
Motif  Real Mathematicians, 
Topic  Algebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory, Analysis/Calculus/Differential, Real Mathematics, 
Medium  Novels, 
NEW: Even though we have over 600 works listed in this database, there is still mathematical fiction out there waiting to be found. In a few instances, I've been contacted by people who vaguely remember a story but do not have enough information to track it down. We'd like your help in finding these lost stories.. 
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