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Dictator -- A Novel

Harris, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0307957942 / ISBN 13: 9780307957948
Published by Knopf, New York, 2016
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Robert Harris's acclaimed novel about Cicero has been described not only as a fascinating and insightful portrayal of one of history's most interesting figures, but also a brilliant description of the Roman Empire and the way it functioned. This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition of the first US edition of famed historical novelist Robert Harris's portrait of Cicero. Most copies that have made it to these shores have a page specially bound in by the published with Harris's signature on it. This copy has Harris's signature on the full title page, no bound in page, no gold sticker on the front of the DJ. Purity reigns! No chips, clips, or marks. Bookseller Inventory # 160300

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Title: Dictator -- A Novel

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

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Imperium . . . Conspirata . . . and now Dictator—the long-awaited final volume of Robert Harris’s magnificent Ancient Rome Trilogy
 
At the age of forty-eight, Cicero—the greatest orator of his time—is in exile, separated from his wife and children, tormented by his sense of failure, his great power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. And yet, in the words of one of his most famous aphorisms, “While there is life, there is hope.”

By promising to support Caesar—his political enemy—he is granted return to Rome. There, he fights his way back to prominence: first in the law courts, then in the Senate, and finally by the power of his pen, until at last, for one brief and glorious period, he is again the preeminent statesman in the city. Even so, no public figure, however brilliant and cunning, is completely safeguarded against the unscrupulous ambition and corruption of others. 

Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in ancient history—the collapse of the Roman Republic and the subsequent civil war, the murder of Pompey, the assassination of Julius Caesar. But the central problem it presents is a timeless one: how to keep political freedom unsullied by personal ambition, vested interests, and the erosive effects of ceaseless, senseless foreign wars. In Robert Harris’s indelible portrait, Cicero attempts to answer this question with both his thoughts and his deeds, becoming a hero—brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave—both for his own time and for ours.

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ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby.

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