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CREATION

VIDAL, GORE

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ISBN 10: 0394519957 / ISBN 13: 9780394519951
Published by RANDOM HOUSE, NEW YORK, 1981
Condition: NEAR FINE TO FINE Hardcover
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THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL HARDBOUND NEAR FINE TO FINE COPY OF THIS SCARCE AND IMPORTANT VOLUME.CREATION.BY THE LATE LEGENDARY GORE VIDAL.THIS IS THE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.BROWN HARDBOUND IN BROWN SLIPCASE.THIS IS A FINE UNMARKED COPY.#272 OF 500 COPY SIGNED BY GORE VIDAL.BROWN HARDBOUND IN SLIPCASE.A LOVELY COPY Size: QUARTO. Bookseller Inventory # MLGHX1061

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Title: CREATION

Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE, NEW YORK

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: HardBOUND

Book Condition:NEAR FINE TO FINE

Dust Jacket Condition: SLIPCASED

Signed: Signed by GORE VIDAL

Edition: SIGNED LIMITED EDITION.

Book Type: GORE VIDAL

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Synopsis:

Once again the incomparable Gore Vidal interprets and animates history -- this time in a panoramic tour of the 5th century B.C. -- and embellishes it with his own ironic humor, brilliant insights, and piercing observations. We meet a vast array of historical figures in a staggering novel of love, war, philosophy, and adventure . . .
"There isn't a page of CREATION that doesn't inform and very few pages that do not delight."
-- John Leonard, The New York Times
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In 445 B.C., Cyrus Spitama, the grandson of the prophet Zoroaster, is the Persian ambassador to the city of Athens. He has a rather caustic appreciation of his situation: "I am blind. But I am not deaf. Because of the incompleteness of my misfortune, I was obliged yesterday to listen for nearly six hours to a self-styled historian whose account of what the Athenians like to call 'the Persian Wars' was nonsense of a sort that were I less old and more privileged, I would have risen to my seat at the Odeon and scandalized all Athens by answering him." Having thus dismissed Herodotus, Cyrus then dictates his life story to his nephew, Democritus, with similar disdain for the Greeks--whom we in the modern world have come to view as the progenitors of civilization, but whom Cyrus considers to be bad-smelling rabble.

Of course, Cyrus Spitama speaks with a very modern, ironic voice supplied to him by Gore Vidal--and the political intrigues in which Cyrus finds himself immersed are likewise familiar territory for fans of Vidal's historical fiction. But the narrator's delightfully wicked observations are the icing on a narrative of truly epic scope--out of his desire to understand the origins of the world, Cyrus undertakes journeys to India, where he encounters disciples of the Buddha, and China, where he engages Confucius in philosophical conversation while the great sage fishes by the riverside. Creation offers insights into classical history laced with scintillating wit and narrative brio.

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