The Royal Physician's Visit by Per Olov Enquist

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The international bestseller and scandalous love story that inspired A Royal Affair, with rights sold in 25 countries.  The Royal Physician's Visit magnificently recasts the dramatic era of Danish history when Johann Friedrich Struensee -- court physician to mad young King Christian -- stepped through an aperture in history and became the holder of absolute power in Denmark. His is a gripping tale of power, sex, love, and the life of the mind, and it is superbly rendered here by Sweden's most acclaimed writer.

A charismatic German doctor and brilliant intellectual, Struensee used his influence to introduce hundreds of reforms in Denmark in the 1760s and had a tender and erotic affair with Queen Caroline Mathilde, who was unsatisfied by her unstable, childlike husband. And yet, his ambitions ultimately led to tragedy. This novel, perfect for book clubs, is a compelling look into the intrigues of an Enlightenment court and the life of a singular man.

About Per Olov Enquist

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Per Olov Enquist is a novelist, playwright, and poet with works published in twenty-six countries. "The Royal Physician's Visit" won Sweden's most important literary prize -- the August Prize -- and France's "Prix du Meilleur Livre etranger." Tiina Nunnally is an award-winning translator whose credits include Peter Hoeg's bestselling "Smilla's Sense of Snow. Jens Peter Jacobsen (18471885) made his literary debut with the novella "Mogens" in 1872. Diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis two years later, he completed several more short stories and two novels. Tiina Nunnally is the award-winning translator of numerous works of Scandinavian literature, including "Kristin Lavransdatter" (winner of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize).
Published October 29, 2001 by Overlook Books. 314 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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The manner in which Struense’s (ardent and genuine) “dream of the good society based on justice and reason” (based on the principles of the Enlightenment philosophers) is destroyed by his own weaknesses is delineated with masterly narrative skill, as are the marvelous extended climactic scenes wh...

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At first blush, Enquist's rendering of the face-off between Struensee and Guldberg seems overly schematic, with the gnomish Guldberg a textbook villain and the tall, handsome Struensee simply too good to be true.

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Publishers Weekly

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After Struensee also becomes Caroline Mathilde's lover, the court takes action: a group led by Gunderson arrests, tortures and executes Struensee on the pretext that he has cuckolded the king.

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Read an Excerpt An insane king, a disconsolate queen, and a too-handsome doctor come together in the royal palace, mixing chemistries, which ultimately explodes the monarchy.

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All About Romance

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Struensee soom becomes the real power behind the useless King, and embarks upon a love affair with Caroline Mathilde, who has already borne Christian a son and heir, product of their less-than-meager sex life.

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