Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
  • Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
  • Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
  • Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback) Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback) Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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'The Alexander Trilogy contains some of Renault's finest writing. Lyrical, wise, compelling: the novels are a wonderful imaginative feat - Sarah Waters

Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-three, leaving behind an empire that stretched from Greece to India. Fire From Heaven tells the story of the years that shaped him. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son's loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle's tutoring provoked his mind and fuelled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve and commanding Macedon's cavalry at eighteen, by the time his father is murdered, Alexander's skills have grown to match his fiery ambition.

Books included in the VMC 40th anniversary series include: Frost in May by Antonia White; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley; Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann; Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith; The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Heartburn by Nora Ephron; The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy; Memento Mori by Muriel Spark; A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor; and Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349010298
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 197 x 137 x 29 mm


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Renault's skill is in immersing us in their world, drawing us into its strangeness, its violence and beauty . . . a literary conjuring trick . . . so convincing and passionately conjured * The Times *
Mary Renault is a shining light to both historical novelists and their readers. She does not pretend the past is like the present, or that the people of ancient Greece were just like us. She shows us their strangeness; discerning, sure-footed, challenging our values, piquing our curiosity, she leads us through an alien landscape that moves and delights us * Hilary Mantel *
The Alexander Trilogy contains some of Renault's finest writing. Lyrical, wise, compelling: the novels are a wonderful imaginative feat * Sarah Waters *
All my sense of the ancient world - its values, its style, the scent of its wars and passions - comes from Mary Renault. I turned to writing historical fiction because of something I learned from Renault: that it lets you shake off the mental shackles of your own era, all the categories and labels, and write freely about what really matters to you * Emma Donoghue *
Mary Renault's portraits of the ancient world are fierce, complex and eloquent, infused at every turn with her life-long passion for the Classics. Her characters live vividly both in their own time, and in ours * Madeline Miller *
The Alexander Trilogy stands as one of the most important works of fiction in the 20th century . . . it represents the pinnacle of [Renault's] career . . . Renault's skill is in immersing us in their world, drawing us into its strangeness, its violence and beauty. It's a literary conjuring trick like all historical fiction - it can only ever be an approximation of the truth. But in Renault's hands, the trick is so convincing and passionately conjured. -- Antonia Senior * The Times *

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“A triumph”

The bookseller's review sums this book up well;here one begins to see and indeed understand from the boy to the youth to the man the modern world knows andstill seeks to know more. He was the product of an... More

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“Worth a look.”

In the ancient world few figures are as well known as Alexander the Great. This novel is an imaginative retelling of his childhood and adolescence. Despite the lack of firm information Renault as produced a plausible... More

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