The Philosopher's Kiss: A Novel

Peter Prange ; [translated from the German by Steven T. Murray].

Truth - Betrayal - Intrigue - Revolution - and Love

Paris 1747. Betrayed by God and humanity, Sophie moves to the seething capital of the kingdom. To survive, she works at Cafe Procope, the meeting place for freethinkers and revolutionaries. Against her will she falls deeply in love with one of the regular customers: Denis Diderot, the famed philosopher and a married man. He and his colleagues are planning the most dangerous book in the world since the appearance of the Bible, an encyclopedia containing all of human knowledge. Even more explosive are the covert references in the Encyclopedia that threaten to undermine both the monarchy and the church. But Sophie soon realizes that the stakes are even higher for her personally. At stake are her right to freedom, love, and happiness.


Sharon SmithPosted June 30, 2011

Set in eighteenth century France, The Philospher's Kiss is a well-researched study of the origins of the Encyclopedia and the life and loves of one of its creators, Diderot.

This fascintating story takes you back in time to witness firsthand the cla...

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