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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,481 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Met Het bezoek van de lijfarts schetst Per Olov Enquist de menselijke dimensie achter de turbulente gebeurtenissen in het Denemarken aan het einde van de achttiende eeuw. Een diepzinnige, boeiende, humoristische en erotische roman: literatuur van het allerhoogste gehalte.
Paperback, 326 pages
Published 2007 by Ambo | Anthos (first published 1999)
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Jan-Maat
Like Nostromo this historical novel opens with its ending. We experience the story within a frame, knowing the unhappy fate of the hero and heroine even before we have been introduced to them. What ever may happen within the novel we know that any happiness can only be fleeting, the framing device has already told us that this story will be tragic.

The Royal Physician's Visit, was written in Swedish, translated into many languages, but is set in late eighteenth century Denmark. The background is
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Chrissie
NO SPOILERS

On completion: WOW - what a way to learn history! This reads like a horror story or a political crime novel. But NO!, this is history. I applaud Per Olov Enquist's talents. He presents all the facts, all the events of the "Danish Struensee Era", and yet not once do you feel you are reading anything but a political crime novel. And yet.... I don't enjoy political novels or crime novels or horror stories, either - but this I adored!

The imagery is stupendous:

The revolution that Struensee
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Margherita Dolcevita
“Il 5 aprile 1768 Johann Friedrich Struensee fu assunto quale medico personale del re di Danimarca Cristiano VII e quattro anni più tardi fu giustiziato”.

Queste le prime righe del romanzo, non ho spoilerato nulla.
Appena le ho lette ho subito pensato che l'autore fosse parecchio presuntuoso e sicuro delle proprie capacità; insomma, evidentemente si ritiene in grado di appassionare con un libro incentrato sullo svolgimento senza puntare sul finale a sorpresa. Che poi di fatto per il 95% dei non-da
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MAP
This is a Swedish book about Danish history, translated into English. It's based on a true story -- a really really interesting true story. Which is why it's such a shame that it's such a bizarre snooze of a book.

I'm not sure if the problem is the book itself (in any language), if it's because it's a translation, or if there are ways of writing in Swedish literature that simply don't match up with traditional English speaking literature. But the use of words is bizarre and gives you the feeling
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Ardesia
"In quattro anni era successo tutto."

Un libro che alterna in modo sorprendente un tono da trattato e una dimensione umana di rara intensità. I fatti storici sono analizzati attraverso i tormenti interiori dei protagonisti, la loro quotidianità, le loro forze e debolezze. La scrittura è spesso scarna, a tratti didascalica, ma quando si parla d'amore e di sofferenza si aprono spiragli di profonda poesia.

"Laggiù l'acqua era sicuramente nera quella sera, i cigni dormivano raggomitolati su se stessi
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Sera
Nov 07, 2014 Sera rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sera by: Emory/Bookish
I had never heard of this book before (thank you Bookish!), and after briefly reading the description, I thought that it would be something that was aligned with my interests. Boy, was I right, and what a tremendous find!

The book is based upon the rule of Christian VII in Denmark and how the people around him used him to further their own political agendas. The author also did a great job of depicting the mood of what is known as the period of Enlightenment and how Denmark ended up becoming a hu
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Paolo Gianoglio

E’ stato difficile appassionarsi. Il racconto parte dalla fine, tutto è già chiaro, i destini hanno avuto il loro esito. La storia è storia, sembra lasciare poco spazio alla passione.
E’ necessaria pazienza con questo libro. E’ necessario mantenere alta l’attenzione anche alle sottili e apparentemente trascurabili trame di palazzo, ai piccoli eventi, agli incidenti di scarso rilievo. Perché alla fine arriva, potente, la passione. La storia d’amore proibita ma mai torbida, la crescita di una Regi
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Sandra
E’ ancorata a una logica medievale la società danese del millesettecento, dove vige ancora la servitù della gleba; è rigida e monolitica la corte reale danese al cui apice si trova il sovrano Cristiano VII, prescelto da Dio, un povero ragazzo perso nella follia in cui trova rifugio dall’inadeguatezza a governare che sente. Nelle tenebre dell’arretratezza arriva inaspettatamente la luce dell’Illuminismo, portata dal medico tedesco Johann Friedrich Struensee che, in 4 anni, dal 1768 al 1772, dal s ...more
Toria Burrell-Hrencecin
What sets this book apart from most literature I've read (recently) is the unique, poetic writing style. Enquist tells a very gripping story, but crafts it in a very elegant, almost musical way. He repeats certain key phrases over and over, (sometimes varying them slightly), which creates an almost hypnotic rhythm to the prose. It is almost like a musical symphony, where certain motifs are repeated or varied to create emphasis. Some of his descriptions are full of long, almost stream-of-consciou ...more
Wordsmith
I will be getting a more detailed review out here at some point, but for now let me say this: Per Olov Enquist is without a doubt one of the most unique crafters of the art of writing I've read. His book, "Lewi's Journey," sat across the room from me for well over two years before curiosity finally, finally got the better of me. Two wasted years. Within weeks I had ordered hard copies of this book and "The Story of Blanche and Marie." This act, in and of itself is telling, considering that I'm c ...more
Amarilli
In realtà sarebbero quasi tre stelle.

Non mi è facile valutare questo libro perché mi ha suscitato emozioni contrastanti, e se non fosse stato per il gruppo di lettura probabilmente non l'avrei terminato (e sarebbe stato un peccato). Ciò che mi ha più indisposto è stato lo stile, che fino a due terzi del libro è spezzato e ripetitivo, a voler meglio rendere l'immersione nel punto di vista del personaggio di turno. Molte recensioni lo definiscono suggestivo, poetico e molto efficace; credo si trat
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Emily
Although the topic was interesting and I enjoyed the historical nuggets into the unfamiliar story of the Danish Royal house the writing style of Per Olov Enquist just did not speak to me. I suppose my taste is for a much more straight forward and much less flowery, poetic type book. There were often passages where text was repeated and just restated in a different manner, which frustrated me to no end. By the time I reached the final 80 pages I was ready to throw in the towel due to sheer frustr ...more
Tintaglia
Uff, che peso. C'è voluto un viaggio in cui mi son portata solo questo per finirlo. =.=
Ma nonostante tutto non si sarebbe meritato forse due stelle, nonostante non ami queste narrazioni frammentate, e trovi fastidiose le forme bastarde tra romanzo e saggio; mezza stella se la porta via l'indecente edizione italiana, adorna di E', !!!!, !?! e altri segni di punteggiatura sparsi casualmente e a piene mani nel mezzo delle frasi.
Che se avessi per le mani editor, traduttore e editore glieli farei eme
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Cristina


Sono di parte, amo il genere, il romanzo storico mi appassiona, e questo e' un grande romanzo.
Piperitapitta
Tutto il marcio di Danimarca.

È uno strano romanzo «Il medico di corte», perché è sì una vicenda romanzata, ma è anche la cronaca di un importante fatto storico realmente avvenuto in Danimarca alla fine del Settecento alla Corte di Cristiano VII, un fatto del quale, ahimè, come spesso mi succede, non sapevo assolutamente nulla.
L'Illuminismo è alla porte, siamo nel 1768 quando tutto ha inizio, e il soffio di quelle idee, la luce di quella torcia che squarcia le tenebre dall'interno, riescono a ins
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Suzanne
“His majesty acted as if he were cringing ingratiatingly, almost cowering. The members of the court showed no deference toward the monarch, but instead ignored him or retreated with a laugh whenever he approached, as if they wished to avoid his embarrassing presence.”

The Royal Physician’s Visit was my Denmark selection for the 52 Books Around the World Challenge. Set in the latter half of the 1700′s, this work of historical fiction depicts a power struggle within a tenuous monarchy. The King i
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AliceinWonderland
A great read! This book chronicles a compelling period in Danish history (a few decades before the French revolution and the dawn of the Enlightenment) with King Christian VII taking the throne. Enquist specifically focuses on the four brief years in which his Majesty’s chief royal physician, the German Johann Friedrich Struensee, gained the King’s confidence, and essentially became the holder of absolute power in Denmark.
However, Struensee’s rise to power enraged many in the nobility who plotte
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Paige
I haven’t been reading much in the past month-plus, and I have been reviewing books even less. However, I am a sucker for meaningless accolades such as the little red “COMPLETED” ribbon across my Goodreads yearly reading challenge graphic. So here we go--an attempt to pull together my thoughts about books I read months ago! Wheeee!

It's not often I learn something so completely new when I crack open a novel. However, with my prior acquaintance with Danish monarchs at zero, this book couldn’t help
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Piperitapitta
uno strano romanzo Il medico di corte, perch s una vicenda romanzata, ma anche la cronaca di un importante fatto storico realmente avvenuto in Danimarca alla fine del Settecento alla Corte di Cristiano VII, un fatto del quale, ahim, come spesso mi succede, non sapevo assolutamente nulla.
L'Illuminismo alla porte, siamo nel 1768 quando tutto ha inizio, e il soffio di quelle idee, la luce di quella torcia che squarcia le tenebre dall'interno, riescono a insinuarsi anche nella mente del giovanis
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Niki Costantini
Un libro stranamente appassionante. Avevo cominciato a leggerlo un anno fa per poi abbandonarlo alle prime pagine. Probabilmente, come dico spesso, i libri hanno bisogno di essere letti nel momento giusto perché li si apprezzi (e si riesca a finirli, soprattutto). Azzerato il precedente tentativo, ho ricominciato daccapo e l’ho trovato affascinante.
Forse anche perché, per pura coincidenza, avevo da pochissimo letto Il resto di niente, di Striano e tra i due ho trovato diversi punti di contatto.
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Anna Björklund
Den unge kung Kristian VII är sinnessjuk och när han åker på europeisk turné anställs en livläkare för att hålla honom under uppsikt. Struensee, en ung tysk upplysningstänkare vinner snabbt kungens fötroende och får således inflytande och makt. Struense förälskar sig i drottningen och allting får ett dramatiskt slut.

Den var helt klart läsvärd och känns lätt och modern. Man får läsa en del mellan raderna och det är en hel del filosofiskt relaterande av Rosseau och Voltairs tankar om sinnenas och
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Helena R-D
This isn't an easy book to read. In fact, it is quite brutal in it's rawness and bluntness in regards to what happens to Struense and the Queen, who are, in the end, unable to really pull a stagnant and backwards country out of the grips of madness. The only consolation that they have is that they eventually do create the need for reform and that their enemies in the end, are forgotten while they still remain firmly entrenched in the history books.

Ever since I watched "A Royal Affair" and saw t
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Karen
A bit difficult to get into, but an interesting read.
Does make me sympathetic to Diderot who said “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest”.
Jayanti Banerjee
I know that some readers have complained about the way that this tale was told. I think, however, that this is one of the strengths of this book. It gives the strong impression that the narrative has its basis in primary research (historical documents like diaries and court records). I very much liked the looping story arc that gave forward commentary while filling in the background detail i.e 'but he found out later that he was wrong'. I am rarely so invested in a character that I feel pain whe ...more
Paula
The strong narrator directs you to the most poignant scenes of the madhouse within the Danish court of the mid 1700's. The repetition of phrases throughout the book feel poetic and almost biblical. The good and well intentioned appear criminal without a touch of reality; they must have the courage of their convictions to provide lasting and communicated reforms without which chaos ensues. The pious repression turns to cruelty and evil. The love scenes are some of the best and most breathtaking t ...more
CeleryPierce
In my opinion probably one of the finest Swedish books ever written. It is a recount of an episode in Danish history, and the unique (short, poetic) style of writing gives one a beautiful sense that everything in the story has been thoroughly dug up from ancient archives and diaries of the people involved (which probably is the case!) and makes one totally impressed by Enquist. The plot is a power play of such suspense that it could be taking place in Washington DC in 2013 as well as the Danish ...more
João Carlos
O escritor sueco Per Olov Enquist editou em 1999 o romance “histórico” “A Visita do Médico Real”.
Na década do Iluminismo o jovem Christian de apenas dezasseis anos é nomeado Rei da Dinamarca em 1766. A coroação de Christian VII é um dos acontecimentos mais estranhos e dramáticos, revelando um rapaz que martirizado por uma educação severa, apresenta comportamentos dementes e delirantes, sujeitos a espasmos e a choros inexplicáveis, exibindo temporariamente uma fúria destruidora, sem nexo ou senti
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Brian
Very interesting read. I recently saw the Danish movie, "A Royal Affair," and really liked it. It was a very pretty, quiet movie about the triangle between the King of Denmark, his queen who happened to be the youngest sister of England's George III, and the royal physician. When I saw in the credits that the movie was true and based on this book, of course I had to read it!

It's a pretty quick read. It starts with the ending then goes back to tell the story. I liked how he set it up almost as if
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Kim Lauwers
I never had any interest in Danish history...until now...

Okay, I'll be honest. The only reason I picked this book up (since I knew nothing about the author, I had never ever heard about this book and the cover is quite hideous in my opinion) is because I saw the movie with Mads Mikkelsen that was based on this book and it made me cry soooo much! Really good movie, everyone should watch it (A Royal Affair directed by Nikolaj Arcel) Anyway, after watching it I was intrigued by this guy Struensee a
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Rainbowgirl
Après avoir été déçue par le film A Royal Affair, j'ai tout de même voulu en savoir plus sur cette histoire que je trouvais malgré tout passionnante.

J'ai été très bien servie par ce roman suédois qui a su m'apporter tout ce qui m'avait manqué dans le film : un portrait beaucoup plus détaillé et incroyablement touchant du Roi du Danemark et de sa folie, beaucoup moins d'insistance sur la relation charnelle de la Reine et de Struensee, qui n'en est pas moins au coeur de l'intrigue, et une Caroline
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Per Olov Enquist, better known as P. O. Enquist is one of Sweden's internationally best known authors. He has worked as a journalist, playwright, and novelist. In the nineties, he gained international recognition with his novel The Visit of The Royal Physician.

After a degree in History of literature at Uppsala University he worked as a newspaper columnist and TV debate moderator from 1965 to 1976.
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“Is it the darkness that is light, or the luminous that is dark? A choice must be made. The same is true of history; people choose what to see, what is light and what is darkness.” 2 likes
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