Civilisations

Author:   Laurent Binet ,  Sam Taylor
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
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9781787302303


Pages:   320
Publication Date:   15 April 2021
Format:   Paperback
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A stunningly ambitious and entertaining novel that gives us a counter-factual history of the modern world, from the author of the international bestseller HHhH. c.1000 AD- Erik the Red's daughter heads south from Greenland 1492- Christopher Columbus does not discover America 1531- the Incas invade Europe Civilisations is the world as we don't know it- set at different points in history it links stories about characters in different places and times, all hungry to explore and to acquire power. Freydis is a woman warrior and leader of a band of Viking explorers setting out southwards. They meet local tribes, exchange skills, are taken prisoner, and get as far as Panama. But nobody ultimately knows what became of them.... Fast forward five hundred years to 1492 and we're reading the journals of Christopher Columbus, mid-Atlantic on his own famous voyage of exploration to The Americas, dreaming of gold and conquest. But he and his men are taken captive by Incas. Even as their sufferings increase his faith in his superiority, and in his mission, is unshaken. Thirty years later, Atahualpa, the last Inca emperor, arrives in Europe in the ships stolen from Columbus. He finds a continent divided by religious and dynastic quarrels, the Spanish Inquisition, Luther's Reformation, capitalism, the miracle of the printing press, endless warmongering between the ruling monarchies, and constant threat from the Turks. But most of all he finds downtrodden populations ready for revolution. Fortunately, he has a recent bestseller as a guidebook to acquiring power - Machiavelli's The Prince. The stage is set for a Europe ruled by Incas and Aztecs, and for a great war that will change history forever. Civilisations is nothing less than a strangely believable counter-factual history of the modern world, fizzing with ideas about colonisation, empire-building and the eternal human quest for domination. It is an electrifying novel by one of Europe's most exciting writers.

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Author:   Laurent Binet ,  Sam Taylor
Publisher:   Vintage Publishing
Imprint:   Harvill Secker
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 21.50cm
Weight:   0.321kg
ISBN:  

9781787302303


ISBN 10:   178730230
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   15 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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Civilisations provides a whole series of what-ifs, concertinaing known facts in new and surprising ways * Literary Review *


Characteristically ambitious, brilliant...Combining all the pleasure of a period romp with vital questions about our shared origin stories...a triumph * i * Civilisations provides a whole series of what-ifs, concertinaing known facts in new and surprising ways * Literary Review * Imagine that Christopher Columbus never made it back to Spain - and that the Incas weren't conquered by Spain but instead invaded Europe, replacing Christianity with sun worship....the distant tone enables some enjoyably tart humour about European mores as seen through Incan eyes * The Times *


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Laurent Binet lives and works in France. His first novel, HHhH, was an international bestseller which won the prestigious Prix Goncourt du premier roman, among other prizes. The 7th Function of Language won the Prix de la FNAC and Prix Interallie. Civilisations is a bestseller that has won the Grand Prix de l'Academie fran aise.

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