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Lit Syndicate #54: Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants

November's #litsyndicate pick is live! Join us on Monday, December 2nd at 7PM for our FINAL MEETING of 2019 (perhaps ever? stay tuned...). This month we're reading Mathias Énard's stunning TELL THEM OF BATTLES, KINGS & ELEPHANTS.

About the book: "In 1506, Michelangelo—a 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 has 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 thrilling page-turner 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." – New Directions

Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants Cover Image
By Mathias Énard, Charlotte Mandell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811228947
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: New Directions - October 29th, 2019

Event date: 

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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