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Creation by Gore Vidal

A sweeping novel of politics, war, philosophy, and adventure–in a restored edition, featuring never-before-published material from Gore Vidal’s original manuscript–Creation offers a captivating grand tour of the ancient world.
Cyrus Spitama, grandson of the prophet Zoroaster and lifelong friend of Xerxes, spent most of his life as Persian ambassador for the great king Darius. He traveled to India, where he discussed nirvana with Buddha, and to the warring states of Cathay, where he learned of Tao from Master Li and fished on the riverbank with Confucius. Now blind and aged in Athens–the Athens of Pericles, Sophocles, Thucydides, Herodotus, and Socrates–Cyrus recounts his days as he strives to resolve the fundamental questions that have guided his life’s journeys: how the universe was created, and why evil was created with good. In revisiting the fifth century b.c.–one of the most spectacular periods in history–Gore Vidal illuminates the ideas that have shaped civilizations for millennia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375727054
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/27/2002
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: RESTORED E
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 256,194
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.95(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Gore Vidal was born in 1925 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His first novel, Williwaw, written when he was nineteen years old and serving in the Army, appeared in the spring of 1946. Since then he has written twenty-three novels, five plays, many screenplays, short stories, well over two hundred essays, and a memoir.


La Rondinaia, a villa in Ravello, Italy; and Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 3, 1925

Place of Birth:

West Point, New York


Attended St. Albans. Graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, 1943. No college.

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Creation is a pleasure to read. It's smart, erudite, even in tone and generally engaging. Vidal covers so much of the ancient world, of religous and moral significance, while bringing ancient personages to life. There is something modern about the book, but that's not a bad thing. It's written for a modern audience, afterall. There isn't necessarily a driving plot line here, but that's not what it's about. If you have the inclination to sit down with a good, long book that you can just live with for a while and that transports you to a very different time and place - this one is good for all that. It's a rare novel of the ancient world, more on the literary than the commercial side of things. That, for this reader, is a good thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly enjoyable. Vidal has a very contemporary voice for a very ancient character, funny, thoughtful and ironic. And always with a good taste of history. I read this in 1980 and again in 1999. It is a very good read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader of historical fiction I would rate this my favorite pick. Vidal combines adventure, culture and ancient religion into a wonderful blend. Reading creation is like walking through a great doorway to the ancient world.