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Tell them of battles, kings & elephants

Author: Mathias Énard; Charlotte Mandell
Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1506, Michelangelo -- young but already renowned sculptor -- is invited by the Sultan of Constantinople to design a bridge over the Golden Horn. The sultan has offered, alongside an enormous payment, the promise of immortality, since Leonardo da Vinci's design had been rejected: "You will surpass him in glory if you accept, for you will succeed where he has failed, and you will give the world a monument without  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Énard, Mathias, 1972-
Tell them of battles, kings and elephants.
New York : New Directions Publishing, 2018
(DLC) 2018026918
Named Person: Michelangelo Buonarroti; Michelangelo Buonarroti
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mathias Énard; Charlotte Mandell
ISBN: 9780811227049 0811227049
OCLC Number: 1023537221
Language Note: In English, translated from the French.
Notes: "A New Directions book."
"Originally published in French as Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'éléphants by Actes Sud in 2010"--Title page verso.
Description: 144 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d'éléphants.
Tell them of battles, kings and elephants
Responsibility: Mathias Enard ; translated by Charlotte Mandell.

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"In 1506, Michelangelo -- young but already renowned sculptor -- is invited by the Sultan of Constantinople to design a bridge over the Golden Horn. The sultan has offered, alongside an enormous payment, the promise of immortality, since Leonardo da Vinci's design had been rejected: "You will surpass him in glory if you accept, for you will succeed where he has failed, and you will give the world a monument without equal." Michelangelo, after some hesitation, flees Rome and an irritated Pope Julius II -- whose commission he leaves unfinished -- and arrives in Constantinople for this truly epic project. Once there, he explores the beauty and wonder of the Ottoman Empire, sketching and describing his impressions along the way, and becomes immersed in cloak-and-dagger palace intrigues as he struggles to create what could be his greatest architectural masterwork. Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants -- constructed from real historical fragments -- is a story about why stories are told, why bridges are built, and how seemingly unmatched pieces, seen from the opposite sides of civilization, can mirror one another"--

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