To the Hermitage
by Malcolm Bradbury (9781585672561)

To the Hermitage
Malcolm Bradbury
Release Date: 01 April 2002
Format: Paperback
Pages: 510
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Overlook Press
ISBN: 9781585672561
ISBN-10: 1585672564

In October 1993, a novelist is invited to go to Stockholm and Russia to take part in what is enigmatically referred to as the Diderot Project. In Stockholm he is joined by various other members of the project-including an academic, a lustful opera singer, and a Swedish diplomat. On the journey to Russia more is revealed about the great Enlightenment writer Denis Diderot-the son of a knife maker in Langres, who went to Paris and compiled the Encyclopedia, a book that changed the world.
In alternating narratives, Bradbury brilliantly recreates the climate of the eighteenth century-as Diderot journeys to Russia at the behest of Catherine the Great for discussions on the nature of the late-18th-century world-as well as the twentieth century academic milieu.
"An exuberant, enchanting literary valedictory." ("Washington Times")
""To the Hermitage" reads like a love letter to the life of the mind from a man who, in his work as a writer, critic, academic and teacher has done much to contribute to the dizzying circulation of ideas." ("The Independent on Sunday")

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