The Brotherhood of Book Hunters by Raphaël Jerusalmy, tr. Howard Curtis

Title: The Brotherhood of Book Hunters Author:   Raphaël Jerusalmy Translator:   Howard Curtis Publisher: Europa Editions, New York (2014) ISBN: 978 1 60945 230 8 The eighteenth century romance novel tradition with its lush descriptions of landscapes and settings is  just one of  the many threads Raphaël Jerusalmy weaves into a novel which features the 15th century French poet and rogue Francois Villon, a … Continue reading The Brotherhood of Book Hunters by Raphaël Jerusalmy, tr. Howard Curtis

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos by Dava Sobel

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was an amazing man by the standards of any age. He was a physician, had a degree in law, spoke multiple languages, was a mathematician, translator, an officer of the church, administrator and governor of church lands, an economist and an astronomer.  With crude instruments (and no telescope) he observed the night sky.  And the data he collected told him that the … Continue reading A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos by Dava Sobel