The Plato Papers : A Prophecy

Ackroyd, Peter

Verlag: Nan A. Talese, 2000
ISBN 10: 0385497687 / ISBN 13: 9780385497688
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Inhaltsangabe: "Ackroyd has written what we always knew that he alone could produce: a timeless literary masterpiece....This is a marvelous fable for our times. It is funny, wise, and strange...In the 18th century, Dean Swift cast a scorching searchlight on his own times by isolating their follies in imagined lands to which Gulliver made his imaginary travels. Ackroyd has pulled off a similar feat of travel in time and imagination."
--A.N. Wilson, Daily Mail

At the turn of the thirty-eighth century, London's greatest orator, Plato, regularly delivers bravura public lectures on the long, tumultuous history of what is now a tranquil city. Plato focuses particularly on the obscured and confusing era that began in A.D. 1500, which he calls the Age of Mouldwarp. Basing his work on an incomplete archaeological record, Plato pieces scraps of evidence together into a semicoherent whole. He lectures on the clown Sigmund Freud's comic masterpiece, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, and on the prolific author Charles D.'s greatest novel, The Origin of Species. And he explores the confusing rituals of Mouldwarp, including the cult of webs and nets that covered and enslaved the population.

In approximately A.D. 2300, when the sun went out and the planet fell into a thousand years of darkness, the Age of Mouldwarp came to a close, and the dark Age of Witspell began. But this epoch holds little interest for Plato, and in the midst of his public performances he begins a dialogue with his soul that leads him closer to the citizens of Mouldwarp than any strict historical inquiry might allow.

As with the best of Ackroyd's fiction, The Plato Papers treads a thin line between fantasy and biography, the genre of which Ackroyd is a heralded master. It is at once remarkably funny and erudite, a brilliant and entertaining portrayal of the ways in which the future is imagined, the present absorbed, and the past misrepresented. The Plato Papers is a tour de force of wisdom and wit that enlists all of Ackroyd's most wonderful skills and talents in a true masterpiece, brimming with delights and insights.


THE PLATO PAPERS, as with the best of Ackroyd's fiction, treads a thin line between fantasy and biography, the genre of which Ackroyd is a heralded master. It is at once remarkably funny and erudite, a wise and entertaining portrayal of the ways in which the past is misrepresented. Perfectly timed for the year 2000 as we imagine millennia beyond our own, "this masterpiece of contemporary writing will entertain readers for years to come" (Jay Parini, author of The Last Station). -->

Rezension: "Richly revealing. . . . Unlike anything else Peter Ackroyd has written. . . . A jeu d'esprit."
--The New York Times Book Review
"A lively tale and an invigorating meditation on the changelessness, after no matter how many eons, of human nature."
--Time
"A serious divertissement, a brilliant fabulation that is the product of a playful, engaged, and well-stocked mind."
--The Boston Globe
"A little book that raises some big questions. . . . You can finish it in a couple of hours. But if you read it carefully, you'll be thinking about it for days."
--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Peter Ackroyd is a visionary, as The Plato Papers makes clear. This is one of the oddest but most important and original novels to appear in many years. This masterpiece of contemporary writing will thrill and entertain readers for years to come, but it will do more than that: it will enlarge their vision, stimulating organs long forgotten and never known."
--Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and Robert Frost: A Life
"What makes The Plato Papers notable is not its fantastic invention but its intelligence...Excellently written...with a truly Socratic curiosity, making The Plato Papers a philosophical good read."
--Malcolm Bradbury, Financial Times
"An invigorating mixture of satire, history, philosophy, morality, and linguistic investigation...it's like T.S. Eliot on speed meets Martian poetry but with better jokes."
--Michele Robert, The Times
"Articulate, comic, wise, delicate, melancholy, exquisite. It simultaneously deconstructs the story of the past and builds its own myth. In short, this is a carefully pulsed breath of a book, with an impact that sneaks into one's dreams."
--John Clute, The Independent

"A fantastic invention--excellently written."--Malcolm Bradbury

-Richly revealing. . . . Unlike anything else Peter Ackroyd has written. . . . A jeu d'esprit.-
--The New York Times Book Review
-A lively tale and an invigorating meditation on the changelessness, after no matter how many eons, of human nature.-
--Time
-A serious divertissement, a brilliant fabulation that is the product of a playful, engaged, and well-stocked mind.-
--The Boston Globe
-A little book that raises some big questions. . . . You can finish it in a couple of hours. But if you read it carefully, you'll be thinking about it for days.-
--Philadelphia Inquirer
-Peter Ackroyd is a visionary, as The Plato Papers makes clear. This is one of the oddest but most important and original novels to appear in many years. This masterpiece of contemporary writing will thrill and entertain readers for years to come, but it will do more than that: it will enlarge their vision, stimulating organs long forgotten and never known.-
--Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and Robert Frost: A Life
-What makes The Plato Papers notable is not its fantastic invention but its intelligence...Excellently written...with a truly Socratic curiosity, making The Plato Papers a philosophical good read.-
--Malcolm Bradbury, Financial Times
-An invigorating mixture of satire, history, philosophy, morality, and linguistic investigation...it's like T.S. Eliot on speed meets Martian poetry but with better jokes.-
--Michele Robert, The Times
-Articulate, comic, wise, delicate, melancholy, exquisite. It simultaneously deconstructs the story of the past and builds its own myth. In short, this is a carefully pulsed breath of a book, with an impact that sneaks into one's dreams.-
--John Clute, The Independent

-A fantastic invention--excellently written.---Malcolm Bradbury

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Titel: The Plato Papers : A Prophecy
Verlag: Nan A. Talese
Erscheinungsdatum: 2000
Einband: hardcover
Zustand: Very Good
Auflage: First Thus.

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Verlag: Nan A. Talese
ISBN 10: 0385497687 ISBN 13: 9780385497688
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