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Julian by Gore Vidal


Julian by Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal's fictional recreation of the Roman Empire teetering on the crux of Christianity and ruled by an emperor who was an inveterate dabbler in arcane hocus-pocus, a prig, a bigot, and a dazzling and brilliant leader.


High entertainment. -- The New York Times Book Review A subtle, provoking, enthralling book. . . . Vidal's ability to invoke a world is amazing. -- The Christian Science Monitor

Simply great. . . . A truly monumental novel. -- Associated Press

Historical fiction in the true, honorable sense. . . . Full of vivid, richly wrought fictional detail. -- The Wall Street Journal

Impressive. . . . To the formidable task which Vidal sets himself, he brings an easy and fluent gift for narrative; a theatrical sense of scene and dramatic occasion; and a revealing eye and ear for character delineation-to say nothing of wide reading. - Newsweek A real hero. . . . An excellent book. - Chicago Daily News Gore Vidal has the sharpest sense of what political power consists of, how it is achieved and what it does to a man. And at the same time he is funny, roaringly funny. . . . Julian is a brilliant beacon of light in the dim grey landscape of the historical novel. -Louis Auchincloss A brilliant study of Julian's era. . . . That rare historical novel which enjoys all the virtues of good history and good fiction. - Washington Star No odder figure ever guided the destinies of the Roman Empire than the Emperor Julian Augustus. Here was a recluse and a scholar who became a great military leader, an ascetic who preached the life of the senses, a fatalist who believed he would remake the world. . . . He is endlessly fascinating. - Time

About the Author

Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote 'The Narratives of a Golden Age' series as well as countless bestsellers. He died on 31st July 2012.

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Publication date

23rd September 1993


Gore Vidal

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Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


544 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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