The Dream of Scipio
is a historical mystery novel by Iain Pears. Published in 2002, the novel weaves together three separate narratives, each of which is set at a different pivotal moment in Western history. All three stories are tied together by a text by the fictional Roman writer Manlius Hippomanes, entitled The Dream of Scipio. This fictional text is a commentary upon the extant piece of writing produced around 53 BC by the real Roman author Cicero. Though lost to the historical record following the fall of the Roman Empire, The Dream of Scipio resurfaces twice more at key moments in European history and enters the lives of two future scholars who encounter it.
In addition to Manlius’ narrative, the novel recounts the stories of Olivier de Noyen, a poet and scholar working for the Papal Court at Avignon at the height of the Black Death in the 14th Century, and Julien Barneuve, an intellectual who works with the Vichy Government in France at the height of World War II.
is that the bloke who wrote An Instance of the Fingerpost? One of those books i have seen recommended by loads of people but i somehow 'took against' for no good reason, so never got round to reading.I just started The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears, I couldn't face The Beetle Leg straight after Hopscotch, needed a kind of palate cleaner and hopefully this can do the trick.
Looks interesting and I enjoyed his other book well enough.