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The Black Tulip - Robin Buss, Alexandre Dumas
The Black Tulip
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'To have discovered the black tulip, to have seen it for a moment...then to lose it, to lose it forever!' Cornelius von Baerle, a respectable tulip-grower, lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But after his powerful godfather is... show more
'To have discovered the black tulip, to have seen it for a moment...then to lose it, to lose it forever!'

Cornelius von Baerle, a respectable tulip-grower, lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But after his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in deadly political intrigue and is falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival. Condemned to life imprisonment, his only comfort is Rosa, the jailer's beautiful daughter, and together they concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. Dumas' last major historical novel is a tale of romantic love, jealousy and obsession, interweaving historical events surrounding the brutal murders of two Dutch statesman in 1672 with the phenomenon of tulipomania that gripped seventeenth-century Holland.

This new translation follows the unabridged edition of 1865 and includes a chronology and list of further reading. In his introduction, Robin Buss discusses Dumas' use of elements from the history of the Dutch Republic, tulipomania and the paintings of the period, and places the novel in the context of Dumas' life and career.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140448924 (0140448926)
ASIN: 140448926
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 246
Edition language: English
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Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it
4.0 Il tulipano nero
Viaggio, in compagnia di Monsieur Dumas, nella laboriosa Olanda repubblicana del “secolo d’oro” .Giunti all’Aia vedo, in lontananza, un nugolo di sagome dirette verso il Buitenhof. Ci avviciniamo. Chissà, dico io, ci sarà uno spettacolo. Si sente vociare, ma ancora nulla si vede. Ci affacciamo dalla...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
4.5 THE BLACK TULIP BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS
”Contempt for flowers is an offence against God. The lovelier the flower, the greater the offence in despising it. The tulip is the loveliest of all flowers. So whoever despised the tulip offends God immeasurably.”In 1672 two brothers Cornelius and Johan de Witt (Grand Pensionary/prime minister of H...
mashahsam
mashahsam rated it
4.0 The Black Tulip
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