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.
Resultaten 1-3 van 16
With a grimace, Urbanilla thrusts herself away from the gate behind which
Marcus Anicius Rufus's wife has just passed on her way to the hearing. “Stuck-up
bitch!" “Shut up,” hisses the dwarf. Now in his Priapus costume in the clear light of
Urbanilla, screaming with laughter, points at the dwarf. She cannot quiet down.
From behind the distant gate a soldier of the watch orders them to be silent.
Urbanilla, child of the City. She cannot remember her parents. The Prefect 101.
“Fetch the wench Urbanilla.” The prisoner, who has a view of the passage
leading to the adjoining dungeons, sees a vague glimmering light, hears a
jingling as of countless little metal plates. It is the Great Goddess in an archaic
panelled skirt, ...
Wat mensen zeggen - Een review schrijven
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