The Dream of Scipio
  • ISBN: 9780099284581
  • Pages: 400
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Binding: Paperback

The Dream of Scipio

Iain Pears
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Set in Provence at three different critical moments of Western Civilisation – the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, the Black Death in the fourteenth, and the Second World War in the twentieth – The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears follows the fortunes of three men: Manlius Hippomanes, a Gallic aristocrat obsessed with the preservation of Roman civilisation, Olivier de Noyen, a poet, and Julien Barneuve, an intellectual who joins the Vichy government.

The story of each man is woven through the narrative, linked by the classical text that gives the book its title, and by each man’s love for an extraordinary woman.

‘Irresistibly seizes the imagination’ Evening Standard



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