Threshold of fire: a novel of fifth century Rome
Academy Chicago Publishers, 1 sep. 1993 - 255 pagina's
It is 414 A.D. and the once-powerful Roman Empire is in its death throes -- split between East and West, menaced by barbarian hordes almost literally at its gates. The Emperor Honorious cowers in the marsh-bound city of Ravenna, where he has moved the government. There is the Prefect Hadrian, a powerful official and fanatical Christian convert; Marcus Anicius, the pagan aristocrat who is clinging to a dyping past, and the Jew Eliezar ben Elijah, hemmed in by his own traditions and burdened by his dark vision of the future.
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That is the hour when the new Rome — or the non-Rome; I don't know what to
call it — takes on a dangerous formlessness; the crowd consists no longer of
separate individuals with recognizable faces and gestures, but becomes a
a novel of fifth century Rome Hella S. Haasse. is true: the Goths are not
responsible for this metamorphosis; the natural deterioration of age has nothing
to do with my condition, nor do the events which so radically transformed my life.
a novel of fifth century Rome Hella S. Haasse. reason; you would not be
converted. Perhaps now I can help to awaken the better man in you, to save your
soul. I haven't given up hope. That manuscript of yours which was brought to me
— it ...
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - janerawoof - LibraryThing
This one was fantastic! Not a book of 'action', except in the memories expressed by two of the main characters, Prefect Hadrian and the poet, Claudius Claudianus. Hadrian presides at the trial of a ... Volledige review lezen
THRESHOLD OF FIREGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
The cusps of the past are further explored in another of the prolific Haasse's historical sagas (In a Dark Wood Wandering, 1989; The Scarlet City, 1990)—a 1964 novel newly translated from the Dutch ... Volledige review lezen