Creation by Gore Vidal

The novel is a sweeping historical epic that takes readers on a journey through the ancient world, as seen through the eyes of a fictional Persian diplomat. The protagonist, who serves under King Darius and later his successor Xerxes, engages in philosophical and theological debates with some of the era's most influential figures, including Confucius, Socrates, and the Buddha. His travels and experiences provide a panoramic view of the political and cultural landscapes of the time, exploring the nature of power, belief, and the human condition. The book blends real historical events and personages with a richly imagined narrative, offering a unique perspective on a formative period in human history.

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