An extraordinary, epic, brilliantly-imagined new novel from a world-class writer.
An extraordinary epic, brilliantly-imagined, new novel from a world-class writer and author of The Name of the Rose. Discover the Middle Ages with Baudolino - a wondrous, dazzling, beguiling tale of history, myth and invention. It is 1204, and Constantinople is being sacked and burned by the knights of the fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion Baudolino saves a Byzantine historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors, and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story.
“realistic, deflating, and mercilessly funny on one level it is an adventure story and a travel narrative, full of jokes in late Latin and unexpected twists On another level, it is an observant study of human frailty, of lies boldly told, which through repetition and credulity, become the truth. It is a testimony to how language creates the world, and of how a robust sense of the absurd rather than earnestness is the touchstone of sanity...”
Professor Ian Torrance, The Glasgow Herald
“A gargantuan feast of a read...”