The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began (Paperback)
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The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began (Paperback)

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2012 Almost six hundred years ago, a short, genial man took a very old manuscript off a library shelf. With excitement, he saw what he had discovered and ordered it copied. The book was a miraculously surviving copy of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things by Lucretius and it changed the course of history. He found a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas - that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion. These ideas fuelled the Renaissance, inspiring Botticelli, shaping the thoughts of Montaigne, Darwin and Einstein. An innovative work of history by one of the world's most celebrated scholars and a thrilling story of discovery, The Swerve details how one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, made possible the world as we know it. Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099572442
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 267 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Superbly readable... An exciting story, and Greenblatt tells it with his customary clarity and verve" -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * Daily Telegraph *
"Superb history ... this concise, learned and fluently written book tells a remarkable story" -- Charles Nicholl * Observer *
"Dazzling" * Guardian *
"In this outstandingly constructed assessment of the birth of philosophical modernity, renowned Shakespeare scholar Greenblatt deftly transports reader to the dawn of the Renaissance...Readers from across the humanities will find this enthralling account irresistible" * Library Journal *
"More wonderfully illuminating Renaissance history from a master scholar and historian (starred review)" * Kirkus Reviews *

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“Superb Swerve”

A work of immense scholarship presented as a readable novel unravelling a thrilling story of discovery. This book should be compulsory reading for all religious fundamentalist.

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