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The Glory of the Empire by Jean D'Ormesson

The Glory of the Empire

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The Glory of the Empire by Jean D'Ormesson
May 03, 2016 | ISBN 9781590179659
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“D’Ormesson provides witty fictional documentation, parodies opinions of historians and literati (there is a one-line parody of Walt Whitman), borrows outrageously and has caught brilliantly the ‘Where is Nineveh now?’ tone of sunset reflection. A tour de force.”—Kirkus Reviews
“No epic—sung, printed, or filmed—equals the sweeping turbulence of the 1,000-year history of the Empire…D’Ormesson’s satire undermines important assumptions of the reigning ideology: that history is objective; narratives, neutral; that language transmits pre-existing truth…[The novel] is pure pleasure…it will absorb you, puzzle you, make you laugh…So powerful is the narrative that the passive reader risks overlooking much of the satire; the active reader, however, can find materials for a debunking operation the likes of which d’Ormesson himself perhaps never imagined.”—William Beauchamp, The New York Times

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