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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... busy since midnight reading line by line, declare that so far they have found no
incriminating material), the words of Niliacus, born on the Nile, hangin the air, a
disturbingecho. Why that gnawing feeling of dissatisfaction, even of secret fear?
Through persistentpagan practices, Marcus Anicius Rufus and his friends appear
to have eclipsed the light of the sun and to have caused one word to buzz in the
Prefect's brain like a poisonous insect: the Nile, the Nile. An image rises from the
He wanted nothing more, this freshly minted Roman, Claudius Claudianus; even
before the other had finished speaking, verses began to buzz in the poet's head,
a stream of words broke loose, uncontrollable as the Nile when it overflows its ...
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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