To Forestall the Darkness

By Vann Turner,

Book cover of To Forestall the Darkness: A Novel of Ancient Rome, AD 589

Book description

AD 589. Italy moans, scarcely breathing. Industry, agriculture and city life have stopped, all of it erased by decades of war and the plague. The Romans are hangdog, defeated, and Titus moves among them.
But what can he do under such brutal overlords? An educated man, he publishes books…

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1 author picked To Forestall the Darkness as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This book is set in Italy at the end of the 6th century. It is a vivid account of an engineer who struggles to survive in a largely devastated country and longs to revive the former advanced Roman technology. It depicts a cruel world: old Romans attacked by Lombards, and merciless clashes between Pagans, Arian, and Catholic Christians. Of great interest to me were the personal interactions of both leaders and ordinary people.

Although, for my taste, it included an unnecessary preoccupation with violence and sex, the vivid cultural and factual detail provided me with much background information and food…

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