Doctor Copernicus

He knew in his heart that the Bishop would be about as much impressed with the Commentariolus on Doctor Copernicus's planetary theory (did it not sound somehow like the name of a patent medicine put out by some quack?) as he would be ...

Doctor Copernicus

Sixteenth century Europe is teeming with change and controversy: wars are being waged by princes and bishops and the repercussions of Luther are being felt through a convulsing Germany. In a remote corner of Poland a modest canon is practicing medicine and studying the heavens, preparing a theory that will shatter the medieval view of the universe. In this astonishing work of historical imagination, John Banville offers a vivid portrait of a man of painful reticence, haunted by a malevolent brother and baffled by the conspiracies that rage around him and his ideas. For in a world that is equal parts splendor and barbarism, an obscure cleric who seeks "the secret music of the universe" poses a most devastating threat.

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Doctor Copernicus
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: John Banville
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-14 - Publisher: Vintage

Sixteenth century Europe is teeming with change and controversy: wars are being waged by princes and bishops and the repercussions of Luther are being felt through a convulsing Germany. In a remote corner of Poland a modest canon is practicing medicine and studying the heavens, preparing a theory that will
J.M. Coetzee's Austerities
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Graham Bradshaw, Michael Neill
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-06 - Publisher: Routledge

Representing a wide range of critical and theoretical perspectives, this volume examines J.M. Coetzee's novels from Dusklands to Diary of a Bad Year. The choice of essays reflects three broad goals: aligning the South African dimension of Coetzee's writing with his "late modernist" aesthetic; exploring the relationship between Coetzee's novels
The Supreme Fictions of John Banville
Language: en
Pages: 189
Authors: Joseph McMinn
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: Manchester University Press

This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive study available of Ireland’s foremost novelist. It offers critical commentary on the full range of Banville’s fiction (including the plays) and views that fiction in the contexts of contemporary critical theory. It argues that Banville’s work is deeply influenced by Romantic and Modernist
Ireland, the Irish, and the Rise of Biofiction
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Michael Lackey
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-11-04 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Biofiction is literature that names its protagonist after an actual historical figure, and it has become a dominant literary form over the last 35 years. What has not yet been scholarly acknowledged or documented is that the Irish played a crucial role in the origins, evolution, rise, and now dominance
John Banville and His Precursors
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Pietra Palazzolo, Michael Springer, Stephen Butler
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-11 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Bringing together leading international scholars, John Banville and His Precursors explores Booker and Franz Kafka prize-winning Irish author John Banville's most significant intellectual influences. The book explores how Banville's novels engage deeply with a wide range of sources, from literary figures such as Samuel Beckett, Heinrich von Kleist, Wallace Stevens,