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A collection of short stories about birds. Each entry of the book pertains to a certain species of bird. More
The original text was a primitive avian encyclopedia originally written in what we have determined to be a West Saxon dialect of Old English. Each entry of the book pertains to a certain species of bird, that is where the similarities to the original encyclopedia end. The many authors, or vandals, of this book have used each species of bird as the seed of their stories. The stories have been translated from 13 languages, both contemporary and ancient, from almost every continent. The fact that it exists is amazing, let alone that over the centuries of its creation its structure and contents has remained cohesive despite its dozen or so anonymous writers. Imagine the Brothers Karamazov being written by strangers on the wall of a public toilet in Moscow - over the course of 400 years! I still think to myself that it is impossible and I would not believe it was genuine if I had not carbon dated the pages myself, and spent agonising hour after hour looking for signs of forgery. But there was nothing awry. It was genuine. Somehow.
I had a promising academic career ahead of myself when I was a young man, until the day I found this. And since that cursed day, I have spent every living moment on the enigma that you hold in your hands. Madness! It has cost me my livelihood, my physical and mental well being, even my marriage. Insanity! My children grew up and became adults in the few brief glances I tore away from the stories, and I hardly care. Depravity! Throw this book as far as you can and run. Ha! Run far away before it consumes you, as it has me, and so many before and flee!