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Vidal's historical novel set in the 5th century BC and narrated by Cyrus Spitama, son of a Persian prince and Greek sorceress, grandson of the prophet Zoroaster, and ambassador to the courts of India, China and Greece. Pericles, Thucydides, Sophocles and Confucius are among the book's characters.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 160 x 200 x 35mm | 464g
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349104751
  • 9780349104751
  • 289,503

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Our greatest living historical novelist. * ANTHONY BURGESS * An historical novel of awesome scope and scholarship. * OBSERVER * Highly absorbing, rich in history, irony and erudition. * GUARDIAN * Splendid, serene, magisterial. * SUNDAY TIMES *
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About Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote 'The Narratives of a Golden Age' series as well as countless bestsellers. He died on 31st July 2012.
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3,934 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 45% (1,783)
4 36% (1,426)
3 14% (553)
2 4% (146)
1 1% (26)
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