Conspirata by Robert Harris
A Novel of Ancient Rome

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• Internationally bestselling author: Imperium was hailed as “quite possibly Harris’s most accomplished work to date” ( Los Angeles Times ) and has received rave reviews from across the globe. Robert Harris’s novels have sold more than 10 million copies and have been translated into thirty-seven languages..

• Powerful protagonist: Cicero returns to continue his struggle to grasp supreme power in the state of Rome. Amidst treachery, vengeance, violence, and treason, this brilliant lawyer, orator, and philosopher finally reaches the summit of all his ambitions. Cicero becomes known as the world’s first professional politician, using his compassion, and deviousness, to overcome all obstacles..

• Compelling historical fiction at its best: Harris employs historical detail and an engrosing plot to give readers a man who is by turns a sympathetic hero and compromising manipulator who sets himself up for his own massive, violent ruin. This trilogy charges forward, propelled by the strength of Harris’s stunningly fascinating prose..

 

About Robert Harris

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Robert Harris is the author of Pompeii, Enigma, and Fatherland. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. His novels have sold more than ten million copies and been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife and four children.
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Pocket. 400 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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This sequel to Imperium, narrated by the slave secretary Tiro, sees Cicero fulfilling his ambition to become consul of the Roman Senate and facing the machinations and manipulations of Julius Caesar.

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Yet if there's one real lesson from it — which applies very clearly to the present moment, although the first man to which it should apply, Gordon Brown or David Cameron, is not yet known, is the dictum attributed to Enoch Powell — "all political careers end in failure."

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He's that unfashionable thing these days, an honest, intelligent, caring narrator — and the Cicero he, and we, see is true to the nature of the political man that history has handed down to us — intelligent, skilled, marked by the classic flaw of a "New Man" eager to play up his own importance, y...

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Busy writing his memoirs and himself into history as one of the most brilliant Senators ever known to the Roman people, Cicero gets pulled --- unwillingly and almost unknowingly --- into the deadly intrigue seeping into the city.

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Christian Science Monitor

A Senate tainted by special interests and corruption.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

"History," said Marcus Tullius Cicero, "is the witness that testifies to the passing of time;

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Historical Novel Society

Harris attempts to enliven Tiro’s character by introducing an element of romance, but really it is Cicero in the spotlight – the Sherlock Holmes, the inscrutable genius with the world on his shoulders.

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and told by Cicero's slave secretary, Tiro, this complex tale continues to chronicle Cicero's political career as he charms, co-opts, and bribes his way into the exalted position of consul, ruler of Rome.

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Even the moneylenders had stopped making loans.” Spanning five years, Harris’ second crisis-driven installment in the life of Cicero (after Imperium — both can be read on their own) begins in 63 BC as Cicero is elected consul of Rome and finds himself caught between two factions scheming for ...

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