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Conspirata av Robert Harris
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Conspirata (urspr publ 2009; utgåvan 2010)

av Robert Harris (Författare), Omnibus (Illustratör)

Serier: Krönikan om Rom (2)

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On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear thourgh a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader: elected by the people but despised by the heads of the two rival camps, the patricians and populists. There is, also a plot to assassinate him, and it will take all his embattled wit, strength, and force of will to stop it and keep Rome from becoming a dictatorship.… (mer)
Medlem:JeffPollak
Titel:Conspirata
Författare:Robert Harris (Författare)
Andra författare:Omnibus (Illustratör)
Info:Mondadori (2010), Edition: Prima Edizione
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Great book, puts you right in the forum! ( )
  expatscot | Oct 10, 2020 |
A stunning trilogy. Robert Harris has accomplished what many historical authors may aspire to but few attain. He has created an ancient Rome alive with the sights, the sounds, the smells of a city towards the latter years of the republic. He has painted a picture in my mind of warring commanders: Pompey, Caesar. Crassus. He has allowed me to view both the beauty of Rome from the aristocratic Palatine to the stench of the inner-city streets. He shows Romans as a people obsessed with wealth, and from wealth flows power, influence, and the ultimate prize a position in the senate leading to first consul adoration.

Pompey the great commander, the chief general in the state….” A large chair was carried in for the Imperator, and he settled himself into it. An ivory pointer was placed in his hand. A carpet was unrolled at his feet into which was woven a map of the east, and as the senators gazed down he began gesticulating at it to illustrate his achievements”…. Caesar, the chief priest, adored by all the masses, fresh from military success, biding his time as he waits, panther like, moulding the men of influence to attend to his every whim. These two together with the wealthy Crassus form the triumvirate, a power base for them to dictate and manipulate. It is however a dangerous thing to allow so much “imperium” into the hands of the few.

Cicero’s year as 1st consul is drawing to a close, and some of his finest accomplishments are now just a distant memory. When he faces a direct threat on his life it is to his wealthy companions that he turns for help and support, but such friendship will always require payback. Robert Harris shoes not only the strong side of Cicero but his weaknesses. His aspirations to climb the social ladder, result in a questionable decision when he borrows money to purchase a grand property owned by Crassus in the exclusive Palatine hill. As the candle slowly fades on a glittering senatorial career, and as the influence of a few wealthy men starts to emerge, the scene is set for a bloody conflict. Rome should have learnt the lessons of the past that it is a grave mistake to leave so much power in the hands of a powerful minority.
A wonderful story, the subtle blending of fact and fiction makes Lustrum an essential read…the final chapter “The Dictator” now awaits me” Highly recommended. ( )
  runner56 | Apr 14, 2020 |
I really wondered whether Robert Harris could continue the same level of drama and interest as in Imperium, the first of the trilogy. While the character of Cicero develops, his position changes radically from one end of the story to the other, there is still a sense of continuity, that this is still the same man, with the same world view, the same principles and the same strengths and weaknesses. Excellent book. ( )
  peterjt | Feb 20, 2020 |
Conspirata becomes more engaging as it progresses, but I still found it too long a read to merit the "gripping" descriptor included on the cover. The book is historically inspired fiction, recounting demise of Cicero and the rise of Caesar and other Romans who advanced the downfall of the republic. The story is told through Tiro, Cicero's lifelong slave and secretary. I always appreciate a book that tells a story that comes back to mind frequently for days after the reading is complete. Still, I found this book too slow to be a favorite. ( )
  jpsnow | Oct 13, 2018 |
As with the first novel in the trilogy, I am re-reading this second volume of Robert Harris's trilogy of novels about the life of the great Roman lawyer, orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero, after seeing the second part of the RSC's excellent adaptation at the Gielgud Theatre in London, a fortnight after watching the first. Again, this novel comes across just as well as it did the first time of reading it, and is a real intelligent page turner, matching fully the quality and epic flow of the first book, with no mid-trilogy sagging of the narrative. The climaxes of the narrative revolve around: firstly, Cicero's consulship and his defeat of Catilina's rebellion; and secondly, the coming together of the first triumvirate of Caesar, Pompey and Crassus, and the true beginning of the end of the Roman republic. The human effects of these events on Cicero and his family and household are well portrayed, and offer a counterbalance to the hard core politicking and legal activity that necessarily dominates the narrative.

As ever there are some marvellous quotes, but one of my favourites is Tiro's: "It seemed to me at the time - and still does now, only even more so - an act of madness for a man to pursue power when he could be sitting in the sunshine and reading a book." ( )
  john257hopper | Jul 2, 2018 |
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Harris provides through Lustrum great insight into this exciting period of Roman history not only by echoing historical sources but by numerous psychologic zooms: a glimpse or a blink of an eye here, a whisper or a rumor there, and over all the ancient truth of evil omen.
 
"Harris, whose previous novels include “Pompeii” and the World War II thriller “Enigma,” doesn’t take the path of many other writers of historical fiction and provide copious, painstaking descriptions of meals, wardrobes, palaces and the like to summon a long-ago, far-away past."
 
Over the two millennia since his death Cicero has been many things to many readers – authoritarian, pedant, vacillator, self-doubting philosophical sceptic. Each generation makes its own Rome and its own Romans, and Harris's version of this endlessly fascinating figure is richly and generously enjoyable. I look forward to the conclusion of the trilogy.

 
For all its political insights, though, it is as a pure thriller that Lustrum stands or falls. In that respect, it succeeds splendidly. It may not be the best novel written about ancient Rome – I still prefer Gore Vidal and Allan Massie – but it is a damn good one: wry, clever, thoughtful, with a terrific sense of timing and eye for character. And even though I knew how the story ended, I found myself turning the pages faster and faster, a tribute not only to the intrinsic fascination of these extraordinary events, but also to the narrative skills of a master craftsman.
 
Lustrum is a serious piece of storytelling, enormously enjoyable to read, with an insider’s political tone.
 

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Two days before the inauguration of Marcus Tullius Cicero as consul of Rome, the body of a child was pulled from the River Tiber, close to the boat sheds of the republican war fleet.
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On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear thourgh a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader: elected by the people but despised by the heads of the two rival camps, the patricians and populists. There is, also a plot to assassinate him, and it will take all his embattled wit, strength, and force of will to stop it and keep Rome from becoming a dictatorship.

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