Cleopatra (en español)

Cleopatra (en español)

by Stacy Schiff
     
 


Cleopatra, la última reina de Egipto, es una de las mujeres más misteriosas de la historia: pese a que todos reconocemos su nombre, apenas sabemos nada de ella. La leyenda la retrata como una sirena seductora, olvidando que, por encima de todo, Cleopatra fue una astuta estratega y una negociadora ingeniosa, una gobernanta capaz de dirigir una…  See more details below

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Cleopatra, la última reina de Egipto, es una de las mujeres más misteriosas de la historia: pese a que todos reconocemos su nombre, apenas sabemos nada de ella. La leyenda la retrata como una sirena seductora, olvidando que, por encima de todo, Cleopatra fue una astuta estratega y una negociadora ingeniosa, una gobernanta capaz de dirigir una flota, de suprimir una revuelta popular, de controlar las oscilaciones de la moneda y de combatir la hambruna de su pueblo.Stacy Schiff ha recuperado las fuentes clásicas y ha separado los hechos de la ficción para rescatar a la carismática reina cuya muerte instauró un nuevo orden mundial una generación antes del nacimientode Cristo. Rica en detalle, de alcance épico, la obra de Schiff es una luminosa y original reconstrucción de una vida deslumbrante.

Editorial Reviews

Anita Shreve on Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) (1999)
"Schiff's sentences are magnificent, deceptively complex, full of insight and fact and distance and wry humor, so that every page is a kind of mini feast."
Anita Shreve
"Schiff's sentences are magnificent, deceptively complex, full of insight and fact and distance and wry humor, so that every page is a kind of mini feast."
David McCullough
"Superb, spirited, enthralling. For anyone who enjoys a fascinating life-story well told, this is a book not to be missed."
Joseph J. Ellis
"This is a book to savor. Schiff has given a genuine jolt to the recent surge of interest in Franklin, along the way demonstrating why she is generally regarded as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today."
Amanda Foreman
"What a brilliant book. Stacy Schiff has written a masterpiece."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788423345595
Publisher:
Grupo Planeta
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Series:
Imago Mundi
Sold by:
Planeta
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,050,804
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Kitty Kelley
Stacy Schiff, a Pulitzer Prize winner, sets the gold standard for all biographers, and her latest, Cleopatra, is a feast—a mouth-watering feast. (Kitty Kelley, author of Oprah: A Biography)
Tracy Kidder
Cleopatra is buried under centuries of lies, and Stacy Schiff calls on her considerable powers to bring her back to life for us. With wit, clarity, and grace, Schiff has done what only the best writers can do: she has made the world new, again. (Tracy Kidder, author of Strength in What Remains)
Jon Meacham
An epic subject requires a writer of epic skill and scope, and we have a perfect pairing in Cleopatra and Stacy Schiff. Absorbing and illuminating, this new biography will endure. (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion)
Ron Chernow
Stacy Schiff's luminous prose evokes the ancient world with vivid splendor, whether it be the cosmopolitan charms of Alexandria or the murderous feuds of Rome. Her portraits of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony are fresh and provocative. Best of all, Cleopatra emerges as much more than the voluptuous seductress of legend and comes across as a shrewd, cunning, and highly competent monarch who knew how to thrive in a Mediterranean world of savage politics. (Ron Chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton and Washington: A Life)
Evan Thomas
Great historians can make the discovery of the real story more exciting than the romantic myth. Stacy Schiff, a great historian as well as a wonderful writer, peels away the layers to reveal the true Cleopatra—a much more interesting woman than the Hollywood version, and, as it turns out, a formidable queen after all. (Evan Thomas, author of The War Lovers)
Azar Nafisi
What dazzles us in Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra are not the alluring mythologies about the evasive queen, but the astonishing if rare historical facts that Schiff has meticulously and lovingly excavated, linking one to the other like precious pieces of an ancient artifact. Cleopatra becomes 'real' as do the major (and minor) characters at her side. In language that is filled with insights and yet is seductive, lithe, and eloquent, Schiff offers not just Cleopatra's story but the story of an amazing era, one that has vanished but still affects us, questioning the way we look at myth, history and ourselves. (Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I've Been Silent About)
Joseph J. Ellis
It is a beautiful pairing—the most alluring and elusive woman in recorded history, and one of the most gifted biographers of our time. Style, like leadership, is difficult to define, but we know it when we see it. We see it here on every page. (Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers and First Family: Abigail and John)

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Meet the Author

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and a fellow at the center for Scholars & Writers, and received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Schiff has contributed to The New Yorker andThe New York Times, where she has been an op-ed columnist. She lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 26, 1961
Place of Birth:
Adams, Massachusetts
Education:
B.A., Williams College, 1982
Website:
http://stacyschiff.com/

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