Konstantin by Tom Bullough

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...the writing rockets beyond the terrestrial confines of the biographical and concludes with a symbolic alignment, which, like the magic of a rare eclipse, provides the sense of an ending.
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Tom Bullough's Konstantin is a mesmerising novel about how the imagination can inspire the individual to greatness.

1867, Ryazan, a Russian city in winter. Ten-year-old Konstantin, deafened by scarlet fever, dreams of flight - escaping to Moscow, fleeing to the silent stars. And his daring visions, pregnant with humanity's future, will take him further than anyone could believe.

Moving from wolf-infested forests to the brothels of Moscow, from village life to the wondrous Age of Steam, from appalling tragedy to the discovery of a great love, Konstantin tells the beguiling story of a man who imagined the unimaginable: turning the dream of space travel into a reality.

As vivid and evocative as Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Konstantin is a story of man, nature, and the limitless power of the imagination.

Praise for Konstantin:

'Convincing, lyrical. Bullough has set Konstantin squarely before us as a living, thinking, ingenious human being' John Banville

'Konstantin is that rare creature, the practical dreamer, a hero at the dawn of modernity. Beautifully written . . . a real achievement' Andrew Miller, author of Pure

'Enchanting, wonderfully eloquent. A very alluring read' Time Out

Tom Bullough was born in 1975 and is the author of two previous novels. He lives in Breconshire, in mid-Wales, with his wife and young son.

 

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Tom Bullough was born in 1975 and is the author of two previous novels. He lives in Breconshire, in mid-Wales, with his wife and young son.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Penguin. 195 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Feb 15 2013

Light years away from sci-fi, this is a historical novel, and a lovely one at that.

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Reviewed by Ophelia Field on Feb 25 2012

...the writing rockets beyond the terrestrial confines of the biographical and concludes with a symbolic alignment, which, like the magic of a rare eclipse, provides the sense of an ending.

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