Threshold of Fire: A Novel of Fifth Century Rome
Academy Chicago Publishers, 2005 - 255 pagina's
In this vivid, dynamic novel, Hella Haasse has once more brought the past to life. This time she has chosen to illuminate a crucial, yet relatively obscure period of history: 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 Honorius, an incompetent weakling, cowers in the marsh-bound city of Ravenna, where he has moved the government; he rarely "makes entry" into Rome. This is the brilliant canvas against which the characters in this drama interact. There is the Prefect Hadrian, a powerful official and fanatical Christian convert; there is Marcus Anicius, the pagan aristocrat who is clinging to a dying past, and there is the Jew Eliezar be Elijah, hemmed in by his own traditions and burdened by his dark vision of the future. There is the intrigue and uncertainty of life at Honorius's court, and there are the streets and tenements of Rome, pulsating with life and with corruption.
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... from father to son are Ezekiel, Nathan, Mordecai—one of these is what the
family heir should be called, but his son's son has no place in his family. So he
allows the boy to be called by a name similar to his Egyptian mother's name—
Klasthi's face is narrower, harder; all traces of boyishness have vanished from it,
but there remains, more strongly, that look of dark defiance which had struck the
Prefect in the canefields. That precise quality — a fleeting waft of wildness and ...
Eliezar hands him a paper, a copy of a clause in his will: “Klasthi servus meus
liberesto... that my slave Klasthi shall be free. . . .” “This will become legal in the
hour of my death. My heirs will not be able to claim him. Don't The Prefect 83.
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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