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

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Shambhala Publications, 2007 - Fiction - 151 pages
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In sixteenth-century Venice, in an island monastery, a cloistered monk experiences the adventure of a lifetime—all within the confines of his cell. Part historical fiction, part philosophical mystery, A Mapmaker's Dream tells the story of Fra Mauro and his struggle to realize his life's work: to make a perfect map—one that represents the full breadth of Creation. News of Mauro's projects attracts explorers, pilgrims, travelers, and merchants, all eager to contribute their accounts of faraway people and places. As he listens to the tales of the strange and fantastic things they've seen, Mauro comes to regard the world as much more than continents and kingdoms: that it is also made up of a vast and equally real interior landscape of beliefs, aspirations, and dreams. Mauro's map grows and takes shape, becoming both more complete and incomprehensible. In the process, the boundaries of Mauro's world are pushed to the extreme, raising questions about the relationship between representation, imagination, and the nature of reality itself.

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In Cowan's luminescent little tale, a 16th-century Venetian monk named Fra Mauro slaves to create a map of the world--a map that will sum up humankind's broadest knowledge and experience. He is ... Read full review

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I'm a geographer so three times people have given me this book to read. Twice I just couldn't get going and gave it away. This time, I enjoyed reading the entire thing in small chunks at a time. I ... Read full review

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James Cowan is the author of more than twenty books, including Francis: A Saint's Way and the best-selling A Mapmaker's Dream, for which he was awarded the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal. He lives in Queensland, Australia.

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