Doctor Copernicus
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'Banville is superb ...there are not many historical novels of which it can be said that they illuminate both the time that forms their subject matter and the time in which they are read: Doctor Copernicus is among the very best of them' - "The Economist". The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, shattered the medieval view of the universe and led to the formulation of the image of the solar system we know today. Here his life is powerfully evoked in a novel that offers a vivid portrait of a man of painful reticence, haunted by a malevolent brother and baffled by the conspiracies that rage around him and his ideas while he searches for the secret of life. 'Banville writes novels of complex patterning, with grace, precision and timing' - "Guardian". 'With his fastidious wit and exquisite style, John Banville is the heir to Nabokov' - "Daily Telegraph". 'A tour de force: a fictional evocation of the great astronomer which is exciting, beautifully written and astonishingly redolent of the late medieval world' - "The Times".

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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 220g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • map
  • 0330372343
  • 9780330372343
  • 133,931

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Copernicus' brave insistence that the earth revolves around the sun and is not, as Ptolemy held, the centre of the universe signalled the end of the medieval world order. Banville's highly acclaimed novel brings the man behind the discovery to life. Nicholas Copernicus was born into a Polish family from Cracow, whose origins his father tried to conceal when he moved to Torun in Royal Prussia. Nicholas grew into an unworldly, reticent man, who was haunted by an evil brother and puzzled by the conspiracies that ranged around his ideas. Banville's tour de force dramatizes a crucial stage in the intellectual development of the humanist movement in Europe, putting our own times into a fresh perspective. (Kirkus UK)

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About John Banville

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fourteen other novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Dublin.

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