Doctor Copernicus

Doctor Copernicus

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by John Banville
     
 

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When Nicolas Copernicus (1473-1543) proved that the earth was not the center of the universe, man's conception of his cosmos and his God broke down. That shattering situation, with the great astronomer at its hub, and the toll it took on him, his church, and his world, is what John Banville skillfully reveals in this novel.

Set in a fascinating, remote world, DOCTOR

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When Nicolas Copernicus (1473-1543) proved that the earth was not the center of the universe, man's conception of his cosmos and his God broke down. That shattering situation, with the great astronomer at its hub, and the toll it took on him, his church, and his world, is what John Banville skillfully reveals in this novel.

Set in a fascinating, remote world, DOCTOR COPERNICUS transcends its context, making it at once an historical and a very modern novel.

"Banville is superb...There are not many historical novels of which it can be said that they illuminate both the time that forms their subject matter and the time in which they are read: DOCTOR COPERNICUS is among the very best." (The Economist)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These unusually fine biographical novels vivify Copernicus, the man who reshaped the medieval world view, and 16th-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler, whose science was a means to pursue the nature of God. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679737995
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,382,755
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Banville writes a dangerous and clear-running prose and has grim gist of seeing people's souls.
—(Don DeLillo)

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