Passarola Rising

Passarola Rising

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In 1731, leaving their home and the Age of Reason behind them, two brothers set sail from a castle in Portugal and travel ...up. Bartolomeu has built the world's first airship, on scientific principles. Borne aloft by the properties of vacuum-spheres, the marvellous Passarola takes him and his younger, more romantic brother Alexandre on their quest for truth, encountering some of the most remarkable men and events of this remarkable age: from listening to Voltaire on the outskirts of Ancien Regime Paris, to rescuing the Polish King from a sea battle with the Russians, to testing their capacities at the furthest extremes of the North Pole and the edge of the atmosphere. Alive with the truth of history and the imagination, Passarola Rising is an irresistible flight of fancy with this brilliant new Australian novelist.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 21mm | 270g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0143006126
  • 9780143006121

Author information

Azhar Abidi was born in Pakistan and lives in Melbourne. His work has been published in Meanjin and The Best Australian Essays 2004. Passarola Rising is his first novel.show more

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129 ratings
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5 9% (12)
4 34% (44)
3 39% (50)
2 13% (17)
1 5% (6)
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