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A clue-giving paragraph of a well known book has been encrypted below. Each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by another using a simple substitution technique. For example, A may always be represented by G, etc. Can you name the book?

J bcr hiv cokt vi kjqpv ih che lcs ig bigz qjyjhq vpt tfcuv kiuckjve ia vpt Ucrvkt Ngcuwkc, cr vptgt cgt hi lcsr ia vpjr uiwhvge cr etv vi uilscgt bjvp iwg ibh Ignchut Rwgyte Lcsr; owv J aiwhn vpcv Ojrvgjvd, vpt sirv vibh hcltn oe Uiwhv Ngcuwkc, jr c acjgke btkk-zhibh skcut. J rpckk thvtg ptgt rilt ia le hivtr, cr vpte lce gtagtrp le ltlige bpth J vckz iytg le vgcytkr bjvp Ljhc.

 [Ref: ZXVU] © Kevin Stone

Answer: Dracula by Bram Stoker.

The piece of text is from the original book and should read:

I was not able to light on any map or work giving the exact locality of the Castle Dracula, as there are no maps of this country as yet to compare with our own Ordance Survey Maps; but I found that Bistritz, the post town named by Count Dracula, is a fairly well-known place. I shall enter here some of my notes, as they may refresh my memory when I talk over my travels with Mina.

a has been represented by c.
b has been represented by o.
c has been represented by u.
d has been represented by n.
e has been represented by t.
f has been represented by a.
g has been represented by q.
h has been represented by p.
i has been represented by j.
j has been represented by x.
k has been represented by z.
l has been represented by k.
m has been represented by l.
n has been represented by h.
o has been represented by i.
p has been represented by s.
q has been represented by m.
r has been represented by g.
s has been represented by r.
t has been represented by v.
u has been represented by w.
v has been represented by y.
w has been represented by b.
x has been represented by f.
y has been represented by e.
z has been represented by d.

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