|Star-Gazer, the (1937) [Novel]|
by Zsolt de Harsányi
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(From the publisher):
The story of the life of Galileo Galilei.
Genius rarely seems genius when it appears in fiction; many an ambitious novelist has met disaster in attempting to portray a great man. But Galileo strides through these pages alive and full-blooded, convincing every step of the way. We sense the almost unique power of his intellect almost from the moment we meet him - on the banks of the Arno, in Florence, contemplating suicide because of his father's insistence that he make medicine his career. And he might have killed himself had not the thought suddenly come that his floating body would contain certain quantities of air and water, that one might measure these quantities, that one might even construct - his mind soared - scales that would measure the proportion of the weight of double alloys. Suicide forgotten, he rushed to Ricci, the ducal tutor, with his idea. The help he got, and Ricci's enthusiasm for his invention, made further study possible, and he went on to the career in experimental philosophy that his soul craved.
From the first page the reader becomes immersed in the complex life of sixteenth-century Italy, its sights and smells, its plots and counterplots, its intellectual enthusiasm, the struggle of the Jesuits to keep within the bounds of orthodoxy this feverish quest for knowledge, the vagaries of Medici rule, and Papal politics. But the effect is never one of fancy dress. The novel takes its period for granted. In following Galileo from his beginning to his old age, we see all phases of his life, domestic, political, amorous, spiritual.
Original title: És mégis mozog a Föld
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Renaissance
Fiction→ Historical→ Fictional Biography