Threshold of Fire: A Novel of Fifth Century Rome
Academy Chicago Publishers, 1993 - 255 pagina's
Initially published in The Netherlands in 1964, Haasses ( In the Dark Wood Wandering ) pensive novel of the clash between Christian and pagan cultures in A.D. 414 is a far cry from the likes of Lloyd C. Douglas or Lew Wallace. For one thing, its the pagan Romans following the faith of their forefathers who are persecuted in accordance with the edicts of Theodosius, while Christians exploit their new authority. There are despicable and admirable representatives of both cults; the only two truly honorable characters are an Egyptian Jew and his illegitimate half-slave grandson. After an Alexandrian education, this grandson returns to Rome, from where he had been exiled after one of the political shifts of the late Empire, to become the poet Claudian, an historical figure often considered the last classical Roman writer. His unlawful presence in Rome brings him into conflict with the Christian Prefect Hadrian. Although the real Claudian is sometimes claimed by Christians, Haasses creation eschews established religion in favor of humanism. It is Claudians character and his "faith" that forms the core of a book both less dogmatic and wiser than many which concern this period. -- Publishers Weekly
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Suddenly the face of the man opposite him – exhausted and dirty after days of
detention - flamed with a fierce look which Hadrian had never been able to forget
: “ I have – haven ' t I - asked for forgiveness pub licly , in a poem , so that ...
I asked her what she wanted , why she hadn ' t replied . She made no sound , but
glowered at me from behind her hair . I took her arm to pull her out of the corner ;
her clothing glided still farther down her body . She kept staring at me , with a ...
I haven ' t asked for mercy . " “ It ' s not a question of what you ' ve asked for ; it '
s a question of the salvation of your soul . " " Is this intended to be reparations for
a judicial error ? Am I going to be set free ? " “ There ' s no question of error .
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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