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What is the main theme of the novel A Conspiracy of Paper?

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A Conspiracy of Paper is really more of a genre novel, a detective novel, and it's often difficult to ascertain a "theme" in a novel like this. However, if I had to choose something that masquerades as a theme it would be that of "identity." In 18th century London, Jews were considered inferior citizens. There were many rumors of their imminent expulsion from the country, and they were easy targets for everything from extortion to scapegoats. Liss's protagonist Benjamin Weaver runs away from home at an early age and changes his name. Some may say that Weaver is abandoning his heritage, his identity as a Jew, but that...

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