A new Neumann means historical fiction, based on sound research and scholarship. Beyond that, one cannot prophesy. The Devil...

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A new Neumann means historical fiction, based on sound research and scholarship. Beyond that, one cannot prophesy. The Devil was a more gripping story than any that have followed. This latest I found, quite frankly, rather tough going. Another Caesar was published in January, 1935. Other books have intervened, but this, clearly, follows on its heels, virtually a part, certainly an outgrowth of the same exhaustive research. Louis Napoleon and Eugenic are reigning over an empire torn by inner strife, outwardly the victim of petty jealousies and plotting, the victim of scheming diplomats and politicians. Morny, Louis Napoleon's half brother, is one of the puppeteers, seeking always a more liberal policy. Eugenic, cold and proud, plays her part in an intricate game, and her husband almost falls victim to the wiles of a spy-mistress, La Castigllone. The whole is over-crowded and one must have a fairly clear outline of the intricacies of Europe of those parlous days to follow the slender thread uniting the multitudinous ramifications of the story, the great panorama of characters and incident. -- But -- on the basis of Neumann's name, there will be a certain predictable demand.

Pub Date: April 19, 1937

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Publisher: Knopf

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1937