The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears

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In national bestseller The Dream of Scipio, acclaimed author Iain Pears intertwines three intellectual mysteries, three love stories, and three of the darkest moments in human history. United by a classical text called "The Dream of Scipio," three men struggle to find refuge for their hearts and minds from the madness that surrounds them in the final days of the Roman Empire, in the grim years of the Black Death, and in the direst hours of World War II. An ALA Booklist Editors' Choice.

Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Portrait are also available from Riverhead Books.


 

About Iain Pears

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Iain Pears is the author of the New York Times bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Portrait. He lives in Oxford, England.
 
Published June 3, 2003 by Riverhead. 428 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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And in the years of WWII, as “Free France” succumbs to German invasion, historian Julien Barneuve (whose studies have led him to Manlius’s text, preserved through de Noyen’s efforts) reluctantly becomes “a censor and a propagandist” for a government that seizes on anti-Semitism to ensure its own ...

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This mysterious text links the three men, as does their love for a woman - Sophia, Rebecca, Julia - a kind of Universal Muse who wafts inspiringly through time.

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The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears 393pp, Jonathan Cape, £17.99.

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What can one person do in the midst of a collapsing society?

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But some of those parts are satisfying indeed, particularly the creations of little set-pieces, such as the sad procession of quasi-scholars that Manlius assembles to march to court the Burgundian barbarian, in the hope that he can be persuaded to hold of the advance of the worse, as the Roman se...

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