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A Mapmaker"s Dream The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice by James Cowan

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Published by Grand Central Publishing .
Written in English


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Number of Pages176
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Open LibraryOL7538049M
ISBN 100446673382
ISBN 109780446673389

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Sometimes comic, sometimes poignant, the poems in The Mapmaker's Dream take you on journeys to places you never expected to go, and to characters you never dreamed you'd meet. Read more Read less click to open popover5/5(1). Unknown Binding; Publisher: Warner (January 1, ) ASIN: BUXN1Z2 Package Dimensions: x x 1 inches Shipping Weight: ounces Customer Reviews: Be the first to write a review Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,, in Books (See Top in Books)Manufacturer: Warner.   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/5(2). This marvelous little book purports to be a translation of a private journal written by a 16th Century monk. It might be the diary of a man who sought to accurately portray the physical truth of his world and ended by discovering something quite different.3/5(2).

Mauro tests his hypothesis by receiving men who have traveled widely and come to him with their tales--a merchant who has seen the Orient, another who has been among the Mongols, others with tales of one-eyed and one-armed humans, or one-legged people, or collectors of heads and eaters of their own flesh. 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. Buy this book This accomplished bit of armchair traveling from Australian novelist Cowan (Letters from a Wild State) takes the form of a 16th-century Venetian monk's journal. Fra Mauro, a.   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/5(6).

A Mapmaker's Dream The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice (Book): Cowan, James, A monk in 16th Century Venice creates a map of the world, based on the tales of travellers he receives in his monastery. Fra Mauro, official cartographer, interprets and speculates on the world, turning map making into a voyage of human imagination. Book-related and General Links: Fra Mauro's Mappamundi () -REVIEW: (Between the Lines, The Australian) -REVIEW: (Ann Skea, Eclectica Magazine) -REVIEW: (James Neal Webb, Book Page) -REVIEW: of A Mapmaker's Dream (Wendy Cavenett, Between the Lines) -REVIEW: The World Was His Cloister (DAVID GUY, NY Times Book Review) -Cartographic Images Home Page5/5. A Mapmaker's Dream is a dream within a dream. Cowan's words work like magic on the pages giving the reader an interesting look into the meditations of Fra Mauro. The reader feels like an observer in all the stories of voyagers that traveler's brings to Mauro's cell.4/5(14). THE MAPMAKER’S DREAM. by Bill Meissner. $, Full-length, paper. Author and teacher Bill Meissner has published four previous collections of poetry: American Compass (U. of Notre Dame Press), Learning to Breathe Underwater and The Sleepwalker’s Son (Ohio U. Press) and Twin Sons of Different Mirrors (Milkweed Editions).