(From the publisher):
In October 1993, a novelist is invited to go to Stockholm and Russia to take part in what is enigmatically referred to as the Diderot Project. In Stockholm, he is joined by various other members of the project, including an academic aptly named Verso (also known as The Encyclopedia), a lustful opera singer, and a Swedish diplomat. On the journey to Russia more is revealed about the great Enlightenment writer Denis Diderot
—the son of a knife maker in Langres, who went to Paris and compiled the Encyclopedia, a book that changed the world.
In alternating narratives, Bradbury brilliantly recreates the climate of the eighteenth century—as Diderot journeys to Russia at the behest of Catherine the Great for discussions on the nature of the late-18th-century world—as well as the twentieth century academic milieu.
Bradbury brilliantly recreates the climate of the eighteenth century and Diderot's journey to Russia. And the Diderot project itself becomes a quest to recapture a lost world and illuminate our own, proving the novelist correct in his assertion that "It's all chaos, noisy confusion. History generally is."
Original title: To the Hermitage
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 18th Century
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Books, Scholars, And Librarians