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D'Alembert's Principle: A Novel in Three Panels

Andrew Crumey

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ISBN 10: 0312195680 / ISBN 13: 9780312195687
Published by Picador, 1998
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Title: D'Alembert's Principle: A Novel in Three ...

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Good

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From the author of Pfitz and Music, In a Foreign Language, here is a novel of great intelligence and imagination

D'Alembert's Principle is a fascinating historical triptych about memory and reason set in the rich and lavish world of eighteenth-century Europe. In Crumey's novel, a celebrated scientist, D'Alembert, looks back on his life, the splendor of the Paris salons, and his unrequited love for the woman who spent years deceiving him. Meanwhile, an exiled Jacobite dreams of journeying to the planets, and in a prison cell two unlikely captives discuss love, language and fate.

Like the movements of an elegant musical suite, these three interlocking stories form an allegory of human knowledge, grand in scope and magnificently entertaining. Deft, teasing, and sometimes deeply moving, this remarkable novel perfectly captures the spirit of a lost age.

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"Complex, intriguing...the exhilaration [Crumey] brings to narrative is rare." --John Perry, San Francisco Chronicle

"The legacies of D'Alembert, Ferguson and Goldmann, a principle, a vision and a story, combine to create a portrait of the 18th century European mind stretched thin between the heart and the stars." --Los Angeles Times

"Inventive, playful...[D'Alembert's Principle is] a confection that is at once elegant, provocative and thoroughly entertaining." --Merle Rubin, The Wall Street Journal

"Proceeding from poignancy and awe to hilarity, the three parts constitute an intellectual treat." --Booklist

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