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Pythagoras' Revenge by Arturo Sangalli

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Chapter 9

NORTON THORP

Norton Thorp was born in Moscow in the spring of 1963, the only child of a middle-aged American diplomat who was serving his country in the Soviet Union during the cold war and a much younger Russian ballerina. Norton’s parents never married, and when Donald Thorp left Moscow to return to the United States, taking his four-year-old son with him, Marina Golikova, the child’s mother, stayed behind, ostensibly for professional reasons. And so Donald’s younger sister Therese, a divorcee with no children of her own, became for all practical purposes Norton’s second mother—and part-time father as well, for Thorp’s assignments abroad kept him separated from his son most of the time.

Therese was comfortably well off thanks to the ...

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