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Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome


Book Overview: Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii, comes the first novel of a trilogy about the struggle for power in ancient Rome.In his "most accomplished work to date" (Los Angeles Times), master of historical fiction Robert Harris lures readers back in time to the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero. The re-creation of a vanished biography written by his household slave and righthand man, Tiro, Imperium follows Cicero's extraordinary struggle to attain supreme power in Rome. On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggled stranger begging for help. Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by the corrupt Roman governor, Verres, who is now trying to convict him under false pretenses and sentence him to a violent death. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Rome's most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor. But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. What follows is one of the most gripping courtroom dramas in history, and the beginning of a quest for political glory by a man who fought his way to the top using only his voice--defeating the most daunting figures in Roman history.

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PublisherGallery Books
Publication Date2007-08-07
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Robert Harris is renowned as a best-selling British author specializing in historical fiction novels, marked by personal and political intrigue. Born in 1957, in Nottingham, England, Harris attended Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he studied English literature. Post-graduation, he delved into the world of journalism and broadcasting, eventually becoming a political editor for Observer and a presenter for BBC. In 1982, Harris made it to the literary spotlight through his non-fiction work "A Higher Form of Killing". However, his venture into fictional writing brought him international fame. His debut novel, "Fatherland", was published in 1992 and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Set in an alternative reality where Germany won WWII, this gripping story exemplified Harris' ability to seamlessly blend historical accuracy with imagined realities. Other notable works of Harris include the Cicero Trilogy and “An Officer and a Spy”, successfully showcasing his imaginative versatility and his prowess in historical plotlines. To date, Robert Harris has published thirteen novels, which are both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. His spectacular storytelling prowess substantiates his standing as an eminent figure in historical fiction.


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