The Glory of the Empire: A Novel, a History

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The Glory of the Empire A Novel a History 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 Prince Basil of Onessa who founded the Empire but whose treacherous w
  • Title: The Glory of the Empire: A Novel, a History
  • Author: Jean d'Ormesson Barbara Bray Daniel Mendelsohn
  • ISBN: 9781590179659
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Prince Basil of Onessa, who founded the Empire but whose treacherous ways made him a byword for infamy, and the romantic Alexis the Bastard, who dallied in the fleshpots of Egypt, studied Taoism and Buddhism, returned to save the Empire from ciThe Glory of the Empire is the rich and absorbing history of an extraordinary empire, at one point a rival to Rome Rulers such as Prince Basil of Onessa, who founded the Empire but whose treacherous ways made him a byword for infamy, and the romantic Alexis the Bastard, who dallied in the fleshpots of Egypt, studied Taoism and Buddhism, returned to save the Empire from civil war, and then retired to learn how to die, come alive in The Glory of the Empire, along with generals, politicians, prophets, scoundrels, and others 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 East to 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.
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    I m about 1 3 of the way through this astonishingly dense novel of the fictional empire of the title I am saddened to learn that the author died yesterday He was 92, so this isn t a shock But to know that the imagination that created this tapestry of beautiful ideas is gone forever makes me feel wistful I am not as upset as I will be when Ursula K LeGuin dies, but it perturbs my mental orbit nonetheless.The publisher sent me a copy of this book, for which I am grateful and which will eventuate i [...]

    A history of the Holy Asian Empire, which never stretched from Iberia to Korea, indeed which never existed at all, save in the mind of the author and his readers Meticulously if falsely documented, d Ormesson mostly does a fine job of mimicking the tics and style of Gibbons and his various followers, albeit it for an entirely fictional place Honestly, I found I wanted to enjoy this than I did the idea of history as myth, the peculiar attempt to stuff a false nation into the actual historical re [...]

    A patchwork of history no doubt you ll recognise derivation from the histories you know, as I did A pastiche, a large part of whose charm is the witty insertion of this imagined history into real world reception I didn t want to put the book down and look up Proust when he pretends In Search of Lost Time refers to an event of this history at a famous moment in Proust s novel, but I m still curious to sort that out There is an endless parade of names who refer, well known and lesser known a play [...]

    If I could, I would give this book to every bored Western Civ instructor out there.This is both an extremely funny parody of history and a book of very serious ideas.On the one hand, it spoofs all the historical cliches about ancient times The chapter on barbarians just made me laugh out loud If there is a cliche about barbarians that d Ormesson didn t include in that chapter, I haven t read it.Yet, the book also made me think about leadership, about what is important in life, about how difficul [...]

    There are many historical novels and a number of novels written as histories, but I know of no other novel written as if it was the history of a civilization I don t think that I have read a novel as sweeping in its view and theory of history since War and Peace The Empire seems to have existed around the time of Rome, perhaps before, perhaps after It was ambiguously located somewhere in the vicinity of the Eastern Mediterranean The echoes of the Empire are to be found in our literature, art, mu [...]

    This is one of the strangest books I ve ever read It s a novel that purports to be a history of one of the greatest empires in history, known simply as wait for it the Empire Somehow, the author manages to seamlessly weave this fictional epoch into the fabric of Western and a bit of Eastern history as we know it, yet manages to do so without ever specifying exactly when and where this Empire existed In the Near East, in the late Middle Ages Before Christ It s hard to say, and frankly, it doesn t [...]

    Rety, czemu mi si ostatnio takie dziwne francuskie ksi ki trafiaj M czy am strasznie, m przez retoryczny spos b narracji zdecydowanie nie jest on dla mnie Ksi ka dla wytrwa ych, zw aszcza znawc w mi o nik w antyku i francuskiej kultury mn stw nawi za i zabaw intelektualnych.

    This is a very unusual book in purporting to be a history book with numerous references and extensive bibliography, but it is pure fiction and classed as novel The nearest similar feat, to me, is Jan Morris s Has which appears to be a travel book, but is again complete fiction I think D Ormesson s book works less well than Morris s , it has to be imprecise with geography and dates otherwise it wouldn t work at all However, the absence of these particularly dates renders it false How can it be a [...]

    Epic I can t find another word to describe it This book is a masterpiece It is incredible I have heard Jean d Ormesson was a genius but he was beyond that This piece shows he was tje Einstein of French litterature It is mindblowing A must read.

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