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The Plato Papers: A Novel

 
 
 
 
The Plato Papers: A Novel
Author: Peter Ackroyd
ISBN 13: 9780385497695
ISBN 10: 385497695
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 2001-03-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
List Price: $15.00
 
 

From the imagination of one of the most brilliant writers of our time and bestselling author of The Life of Thomas More, a novel that playfully imagines how the "modern" era might appear to a thinker seventeen centuries hence.

At the turn of the 38th century, London's greatest orator, Plato, is known for his lectures on the long, tumultuous history of his now tranquil city. Plato focuses on the obscure and confusing era that began in A.D. 1500, the Age of Mouldwarp. His subjects include Sigmund Freud's comic masterpiece "Jokes and Their Relation to the Subconscious," and Charles D.'s greatest novel, "The Origin of Species." He explores the rituals of Mouldwarp, and the later cult of webs and nets that enslaved the population. By the end of his lecture series, however, Plato has been drawn closer to the subject of his fascination than he could ever have anticipated. At once funny and erudite, The Plato Papers is a smart and entertaining look at how the future is imagined, the present absorbed, and the past misrepresented.

Boston Globe - Richard Dyer

The Plato Papers' is a serious divertissement, a brilliant fabulation that is the product of a playful, engaged, and well-stocked mind.