'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 of them' - "The Economist". The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better... show more
'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 of them' - "The Economist". The work of Nicholas Koppernigk, better known as Copernicus, shattered the medieval view of the universe and led to the formulation of the image of the solar system we know today. Here his life is powerfully evoked in a novel that offers a vivid portrait of a man of painful reticence, haunted by a malevolent brother and baffled by the conspiracies that rage around him and his ideas while he searches for the secret of life. 'Banville writes novels of complex patterning, with grace, precision and timing' - "Guardian". 'With his fastidious wit and exquisite style, John Banville is the heir to Nabokov' - "Daily Telegraph". 'A tour de force: a fictional evocation of the great astronomer which is exciting, beautifully written and astonishingly redolent of the late medieval world' - "The Times".
Publish date: October 12th 1993
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
Series: Revolutions Trilogy (#1)
Another book I wish I could have finished, given an interesting subject. Mr. Banville seems like an altogether direct, hardworking man -- at least at one conference I visited, so it's not surprising but disappointing that he turns the early life of Copernicus into a melodrama full of profound moment...
After reading "Kepler", I was very eager to tackle "Doctor Copernicus" and "The Newton Letter".This year I decided that I'd start with a bang with "Doctor Copernicus". I've always believed in strong starts...Drawing a parallel between "Kepler" and "Doctor Copernicus", they both have a very strong se...