Threshold of fire: a novel of fifth century Rome

Academy Chicago Publishers, 1 sep. 1993 - 255 pagina's
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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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Review: Threshold of Fire: a novel of fifth century Rome

Gebruikersrecensie  - Ραδάμανθυς Φωτόπουλος - Goodreads

Not what i expected. Had some nice moments but the non-linear storytelling didn't work for me. It was too small to be dramatic. Some nice descriptions but the main character was a little out of age (his writing a bit too modern.) Volledige recensie lezen

Review: Threshold of Fire: a novel of fifth century Rome

Gebruikersrecensie  - Mike Sullivan - Goodreads

This was a translation from Dutch. It is a bit confusing initially, I'm not sure if that was due to the translation or the non-linear narrative. Maybe it was a bit of both. All in all, I like ... Volledige recensie lezen

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Over de auteur (1993)

Hella Haasse was born in Batavia, the capital of what was then Dutch East India, now independent Indonesia. It is thus understandable why her first novel, Oeroeg (1948), describes the relationship between a Dutch and an Indonesian youth. As the two young men grow up, they gradually become conscious of their ethnic and cultural differences and, in spite of their efforts, nature appears to have destined them to become estranged from each other. Haasse's greatest impact on the Dutch literary scene occurred when her historical novel Het woud der verwachting (In a Dark Wood Wandering) (1948) was published. It was translated into English in 1989. This novel became a classic in its own time. In it the author describes the ever-increasing loneliness of the fifteenth-century Romantic poet--prince Charles d'Orleans, pretender to the crown of France, who wrote most of his poems in British and French prisons. In addition to giving a moving report of the life of a person destined to end his life in utter isolation, Hella Haasse succeeds in presenting her main character in a way which allows the reader to identify with him. Charles's life is interwoven with the lives of all the other people he meets. Haasse's talent for description and narration and her skill with flashbacks allow her to manage the novel's many characters, constructing a microcosm in which each reader feels "at home' and meets people with whom he or she can identify.

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