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A matter of interpretation
E. MacDonald
Paperback / softback
Fairlight Books
UK Publication Date

It's 13th-century Europe and a young monk, Michael Scot, has been asked by the Holy Roman Emperor to translate the works of Aristotle and recover his "lost" knowledge. The Scot sets to his task, traveling from the Emperor's Italian court to the translation schools of Toledo and from there to the Moorish library of Crdoba. But when the Pope deems the translations heretical, the Scot refuses to desist. So begins a battle for power between Church and State-one that has shaped how we view the world today.

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Elizabeth Mac Donald was born in Dublin, where she studied Italian and Music at University College Dublin. She was awarded an Italian government scholarship and pursued post-graduate studies at the Universit del Sacro Cuore, 'La Cattolica', Milan. She then taught English at the University of Bari for two years before moving to Pisa, where she still lives with her husband and son. She has taught on the post-graduate course in Translation at the University of Pisa and translates both from and into Italian.

"The characters, setting and the issues at stake will all linger long after you've finished reading it." -Domitilla Campanile,Professor of History, University of Pisa

"In lush historic prose, Elizabeth Mac Donald leads the reader on a complex journey, where all interactions are tinged with superstition and suspicion" -Nuala O'Connor,author of Becoming Belle

"Mac Donald's style is crisp and captivating." -Biancamaria Rizzardi,Professor of English Literature, University of Pisa

"This extraordinary novel ranges wide across the political and religious map of medieval Europe." -Peter Sirr,Translator, Novelist and Award-Winning Poet

"A book to read with a glass of port and a dagger nearby." -George Szirtes,poet and translator

"A Matter of Interpretation stages with mastery and verve the eternal conflict between knowledge and truth… A lesson for our own times." -Zrinka Stahuljak,Professor of Medieval Studies at UCLA

"Mac Donald has succeeded in making the art of translation centre stage in a thrilling, witty, violent and mysterious debut filled with scheming characters." -Jen Calleja,author and translator, shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize

"An impressive, intelligent and enjoyable read." -Paul Burke,NB Magazine

"This page-turning novel reveals a world that seems at once alien but eerily familiar, and MacDonald has an unerring eye for detail and memorable characters. Highly recommended." -Lucinda Byatt,Historical Novel Society

"For explorers of the Middle Ages, in all their different aspects, this is an excellent book, a novel of ideas rather than artificially worked local colour." -Peter Costello,Irish Catholic Newspaper

"[T]his is a book that will appeal to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and the philosophical ideas of translation and interpretation." -NJ McGarrigle, Irish Times Newspaper

1st paperback ed
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Church and state - Europe - History - To 1500 - Fiction.|Historical fiction.
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