THE PLATO PAPERS - A NOVEL. [Author SIGNED copy.**]
Imprint: LONDON.CHATTO & WINDUS,1999.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,SIGNED+dated,1st edn.
With Dust Jacket
Inscription: Author's signature + 1,April,1999.
UK,8vo HB+protected dw/dj,author SIGNED+dated, 1st edn.FINE/FINE.Author's handwritten,black ink signature and date [1,April,1999] to title page below his name.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to protected dw/dj.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn, 3-138pp [paginated] includes half-title+title pages,pale pink endpapers.
Set 2,000 years in the future,Peter Ackroyd's imaginative new novel is by turns lively and surprising.Plato,the orator,summons the citizens of London on ritual occasions to impart the ancient history of their city.He dwells particularly on the unhappy era of Mouldwarp (AD 1500 - 2300),which existed before the dimming of the stars and the burning of the machines.He lectures upon the Origin of Species by the nineteenth-century novelist Charles Dickens and upon the pantomimimic routines of Sigmund Freud. He even provides a glossary of twentieth-century terms,and explains such early myths of creation as 'super-string theory' and 'relativity'.But then something happens.He has a dream,or a vision,or he goes on a real journey - opinions are divided - and enters a vast underground cavern, where citizens of Mouldwarp London still live.
When Plato returns with stories of this lost world he is put on trial for corrupting the youth by means of lies and fables,since his words have spread consternation among them.Are their lives part of some greater reality? And,if they learn to doubt,perhaps they will be able to recognise a truth beyond that of their own world.All will depend upon the judgement of Plato by his fellow citizens.
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