The Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice

The Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice

by JamesCowan (Author)

Synopsis

When the Venetian cartographer-monk Fra Mauro sets out to create the definitive map of the world, he has no idea that the project will become the adventure of a lifetime, challenging most of his familiar concepts about the world. As he receives travellers from far away into his cell and listens to their descriptions of the strange and fantastic places they've seen, Fra Mauro comes to see that the world consists of much more than continents and kingdoms, that it is also made up of a vast, equally real, interior landscape of beliefs, aspirations, and dreams. As he struggles to reconcile conflicting views of reality his map begins to take on extraordinary dimensions, raising unforeseen questions and pushing the boundaries of his previous conception.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 162
Edition: New
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Published: 05 Jun 1997

ISBN 10: 0340695439
ISBN 13: 9780340695432

Media Reviews
`To read this multi-layered journey around the world and across time is to fall headlong into the emotional tumult of an antique map. James Cowan tells the farthest-flung adventure story through the eyes of a monk who never leaves his own cell. And every exotic word works.' Dava Sobel, author of Longitude
Author Bio
James Cowan is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books on a wide variety of subjects. He lives in Western Australia, where he directs a major arts programme.