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Glory of the Empire : A Novel, a History - by Jean D'ormesson (Paperback)

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The Glory of the Empire is the rich and absorbing history of an extraordinary empire, at one point a rival to Rome. Rulers such as Basil the Great of Onessa, who founded the Empire but whose treacherous ways made him a byword for infamy, and the romantic Alexis the ******, who dallied in the fleshpots of Egypt, studied Taoism and Buddhism, returned to save the Empire from civil war, and then retired “to learn to die,” come alive in The Glory of the Empire, along with generals, politicians, prophets, scoundrels, and others. Jean d’Ormesson also goes into the daily life of the Empire, its popular customs, and its contribution to the arts and the sciences, which, as he demonstrates, exercised an influence on the world as a whole, from the East to the West, and whose repercussions are still felt today. But it is all fiction, a thought experiment worthy of Jorge Luis Borges, and in the end The Glory of the Empire emerges as a great shimmering mirage, filling us with wonder even as it makes us wonder at the fugitive nature of power and the meaning of history itself.
Number of Pages: 374
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Series Title: New York Review Books Classics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Jean D'ormesson
Language: English
Street Date: May 3, 2016
TCIN: 51940413
UPC: 9781590179659
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-2888
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