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The Royal Physician's Visit

Per Olov Enquist

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-196-0
Trim Size: 6x9
Cloth
Overlook
11/1/2001

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Translated by Tina Nunnally

A tantalizing novel of court intrigue, power struggles, and sexual secrets, played out against the backdrop of the Danish Revolution and the Enlightenment, by Sweden s premier literary novelist.

Set in Denmark in the 1760s, The Royal Physician s Visit magnificently recasts the dramatic era of Danish history when Johann Friedrich Struensee, a German doctor from Altona, student of Enlightenment philosophers Diderot and Voltaire, and court physician to mad young King Christian, stepped through the aperture history had opened for him and became for two years the holder of absolute power in Denmark.

Dr. Struensee, tall, handsome, and charismatic, introduced hundreds of reforms, many of which would become hallmarks of the French Revolution twenty years later, including freedom of the press and improvement of the treatment of the peasantry. He also took young Queen Caroline Mathilde unsatisfied by her unstable, childlike husband as his mistress. He was a brilliant intellectual and brash reformer, yet Struensee lacked the cunning and subtlety of a skilled politician and, most tragically, lacked the talent to choose the right enemies at court, a flaw which would lead to his torture and execution.

An international sensation sold in fifteen countries, The Royal Physician s Visit is a view from the seat of absolute power, a gripping tale, vividly and entertainingly told. Enquist s talent is in full force as he brilliantly explores the connections that will always run between political theory and practice, power, sex, love, and the life of the mind.

. . . the novel vibrates with life. The Royal Physician s Visit is a tale that has been written with amazing skill. I cannot remember when I last read such an overwhelming such a committed novel. Daniel Sandstr m, Syddsvenska Dagbladet

A great book, a powerful book it surmounts effortlessly and self-confidently the standard works of fiction. Von Reinhard Baumgart, Die Zeit

Per Olov Enquist is one of Sweden s most acclaimed writers, a novelist, playwright and poet with works published in 26 countries. The Royal Physician s Visit won Sweden s most important literary award, the August Prize. Tiina Nunnally s translation of Peter H eg s bestselling Smilla s Sense of Snow won the Lewis Galanti re Prize of the American Translators Association.

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