The Plato Papers by Peter Ackroyd
A Prophecy

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From the imagination of one of the most brilliant writers of our time and bestselling author of The Life of Thomas More, a novel that playfully imagines how the "modern" era might appear to a thinker seventeen centuries hence.

At the turn of the 38th century, London's greatest orator, Plato, is known for his lectures on the long, tumultuous history of his now tranquil city. Plato focuses on the obscure and confusing era that began in A.D. 1500, the Age of Mouldwarp. His subjects include Sigmund Freud's comic masterpiece "Jokes and Their Relation to the Subconscious," and Charles D.'s greatest novel, "The Origin of Species." He explores the rituals of Mouldwarp, and the later cult of webs and nets that enslaved the population. By the end of his lecture series, however, Plato has been drawn closer to the subject of his fascination than he could ever have anticipated. At once funny and erudite, The Plato Papers is a smart and entertaining look at how the future is imagined, the present absorbed, and the past misrepresented.

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About Peter Ackroyd

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PETER ACKROYD is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet, and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed Thames: Sacred River, London: The Biography, and the first volume of his history of England, Foundation. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 194 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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surviving fragmentary texts reveal the existence of a prophetic black singer named George Eliot and “a clown or buffoon who was billed as Sigmund Freud”), and excerpts from Plato’s “glossary” of antiquities (“rock music” is presumed to denote “the sound of old stones”).

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Is each century doomed to misinterpret previous ones? That's the central question of Ackroyd's new book, more a Swiftian compendium of social folly than a novel, satirizing many of today's intellectua

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His Plato creates a glossary of terms of the Mouldwarp era that contains entries like: ''rock music: the sound of old stones'' and ''see red: to see into the fire at the heart of all things.'' Mr. Ackroyd also provides similar riffs on Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.

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He's placed on trial and is forced to defend himself against accusations of ""corrupting the young by spinning lies and fables."" Biographer (The Life of Thomas More) and novelist (Chatterton) Ackroyd displays his encyclopedic knowledge of world literature in this philosophical satire, rendering ...

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