Robert Harris Dictator

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Dictator

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9780091752101: Dictator

The concluding part of the Cicero Trilogy that began with Imperium, from the No. 1 bestselling author of Fatherland, An officer and a Spy, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii and The Ghost.
     Aged 48, Marcus Cicero, the greatest orator of his time, is to all appearances a broken man. Out of power, exiled to the eastern Mediterranean with his faithful secretary, Tiro, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, he spends his days tormented by his failure.
     But, to quote one of his own famous aphorisms: 'while there's life there's hope'. By promising to support his political enemy, Caesar, he manages to win his return to Italy. Once home, he gradually fights his way back: first in the law courts, then in the senate, and finally by the power of his pen, until at last, for one brief and glorious period, he is once again the dominant figure in Rome.
     The long-awaited final volume of Robert Harris's Cicero Trilogy, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in human history: the collapse of the Roman republic, the subsequent civil war, the murder of Pompey and the assassination of Julius Caesar. Its theme, however, is timeless: how is political freedom to be safeguarded against the triple threats of unscrupulous personal ambition, of an electoral system dominated by vested financial interests, and of the corrupting impact of waging ceaseless foreign wars?
     But above all, it is the very human figure of Cicero, beset by family problems, which makes the story so compelling: brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful and yet ultimately brave -- a hero for his time, and for ours.

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‘Laws are silent in times of war.’
Cicero

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero’s life is in ruins.

Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles.

His comeback requires wit, skill and courage – and for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

But politics is never static and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others.

Riveting and tumultuous, DICTATOR encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man – a hero for his time and for ours. This is an unforgettable tour de force from a master storyteller.

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"Triumphant, compelling and deeply moving…the finest fictional treatment of Ancient Rome in the English language. They are distinguished by the mastery of the sources, sympathetic imagination, political intelligence and narrative skill…It’s a wonderful, dramatic, story, wonderfully told" (Scotsman Allan Massie)

"Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy ends in grand style…the culmination of 12 years work and a remarkable literary achievement" ( Observer)

"The book works…more than that; at times it sings… Thrillers are supposed to thrill, but few really do raise your heart rate and short-circuit your critical faculties…Exhilarating…This trilogy deserves the highest compliment that can be paid to a work of historical fiction" ( The Times)

"Robert Harris completes his wonderful trilogy based on the life of Cicero. I haven’t enjoyed Roman history more since Robert Graves’s I, Claudius" (Anthony Horowitz Guardian, Book of the Year)

"Harris’s fascination with politics galvanises his impressive knowledgeableness into compulsive fiction" (Peter Kemp The Sunday Times, Books of the Year)

"Harris is brilliant at the political then-as-now, giving Caesar with a hint of Blair – and also of Thatcher" (Peter Stothard Spectator)

"Staying close to the sources, Harris picks his way masterfully through Cicero’s personal and political dilemmas…superb…does full justice to one of Rome’s most interesting complex and humane statesmen, whose pragmatic political treatises proved so influential during the renaissance and enlightenment" ( Evening Standard)

"Harris skilfully navigates these fraught years in Cicero’s life … Dictator triumphs" ( The New Stateman)

"A superior historical thriller" (Fiona Wilson The Times, Books of the Year)

"Harris’ version of Cicero is a tremendous creation" ( Independent)

"[ Dictator's] gripping dramas and powerful themes - the fragility of democracy and the fallibility of human beings among them - richly illuminate the conflicts of its era and our own" ( Publishers Weekly)

"Superb…confirms Harris’s undisputed place as our leading master of both the historical and contemporary thriller" ( Daily Mail)

"Harris is a masterful storyteller. I’m currently experiencing that terrible phase of cold turkey after finishing something superb" (Alastair Moffat Herald)

"Contemporary echoes abound in this endlessly fascinating exploration of power struggles" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year)

"Triumphant" ( Sunday Times)

"A masterful story of political intrigue…a fascinating and absorbing novel" ( Financial Times)

"Robert Harris is an incomparable storyteller... It's a brutal tale of murder and mayhem and a tour de force of research and imagination..." ( The Express)

"Harris’s fascination with politics galvanises his impressive knowledgeableness into compulsive fiction" (Peter Kemp The Sunday Times)

"I’m a big fan of Robert Harris so I’d like to read his latest, Dictator… Robert is very good at politics and evoking a period" (Melvyn Bragg Good Housekeeping, Books of the Year)

"Sinuous, clever and compelling…A fitting end to a magnificent trilogy" ( Metro)

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