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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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بثينة العيسى

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
Vasco Simões
Sep 05, 2016 Vasco Simões rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Granda malha de livro. Um belo romance histórico passado na corte de Christian VII da Dinamarca, um Rei demasiado jovem e imaturo e pelos vistos maluco misturado com intrigas palacianas, sexo, adultério, traições e mortes. Gostei mesmo. Lê-se muito bem e a escrita é elegante, isso nota-se bastante nas partes picantes que sem serem muito eufemisticas também não caem no brejeiro. Maravilha de livro.
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
Abdulaziz Al-Mannai
تتحدث هذه الرواية عن يوهان فريدريخ سترونزي أحد رجال التنوير في اوروبا، والذي كان طبيبًا لملك الدنمارك -المختل عقليًا- كرستيان السابع، وفترته المعروفة ب فترة سترونزي ، والتي قادت لاحقًا إلى الثورة الدنماركية. أحببت طريقة سرد الوقائع وتلك الفترة بهذه الطريقة الروائية.. ممتازة!
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
Hammad Alhajri
Jul 04, 2016 Hammad Alhajri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

رواية : زيارة طبيب صاحب الجلالة
المؤلف : بير أولوف إينكويست
المترجم : سوسن كردوش
الناشر : دار المنى

" فنون العشق الأيروسي "
الصراع بين الطهارة والرذيلة

صورة الغلاف هي رمز الثورة الدنماركية ، تلك اليد الناعمه وعلاقتها بالرغبة والعذاب ..

تحكي عن جزئية من التاريخ الدنماركي حيث لم تتجاوز الأربع سنين ولقبت " بفترة سترونزي "هذا ما اشتهرت به في القرن السادس عشر أي ما بين - في عهد الملك كريستيان السابع والذي وصف " بالجنون " وله قصة عجيبه هي التي أوصلته للجنون .
وفي تلك الفترة قامت ثورة تنويريه واصبحت الدنمار
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Full-time: this is very much the News of the World/Sunday Sport way of recounting history; it could have been thumped together by a conglomerate of Hugh Hefner/a road drill/Samuel Beckett and David Bowker. How I wish this period could be given the Antonia Fraser touch.

Anyway, I finished and went on to research so it deserves a 2* for that alone.


Halfway point - The writing is clumsy, flair-less and bordering on the inept; the characters are made modern and there are repeat paragrap
Hani Al-Kharaz
Jul 23, 2016 Hani Al-Kharaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ما هو السبيل الأنجع للتغيير:
من رأس الهرم نزولاً الى القاعدة؟ ام العكس؟
التغيير دفعةً واحدة؟ أم التغيير المرحلي؟
ماذا لو كانت هناك مسافة شاسعة تفصل بين النخبة المثقفة والمجتمع؟ وماذا لو سنحت الفرصة للنخبة لتسلم زمام السلطة وواتهم الفرصة للتغيير قبل إعداد القاعدة الشعبية؟ ماذا عن آليات التغيير وأثرها في القبول الشعبي لها؟

أسئلة جوهرية تثيرها هذه الرواية التي تتناول فترة تاريخية مهمة في تاريخ أوروبا في بدايات بزوغ عصر التنوير. أعجبتني الرواية في طرحها وسلاسة السرد فيها، وترجمتها العربية أيضاً خرجت ب
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
Sep 23, 2011 Ardesia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"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
Sophie VERStand
Zu diesem Historienroman kam ich tatsächlich über eine ältere Folge vom Literarischen Quartett und den Film "Der Leibarzt und die Königin".
Enqvist wählt als Erzählform eine historisch sehr inakkurate Berichtsform, die voller Mutmaßungen und vermeintlicher Gedankengänge der damals real existenten Figuren steckt. Dahingehend hat es mich SEHR an die Erzählweise in Daniel Kehlmanns "Die Vermessung der Welt" erinnert, was nicht unbedingt Begeisterungsstürme bei mir hervorrief. Zudem gibt es einfach u
Nov 07, 2014 Sera rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 17, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book after hearing that it was the basis for the Danish film, A Royal Affair, which is one of my absolute favorites. I don't know what it is about this piece of history that I love so much, since it's terribly tragic. I guess I'm drawn to anything that deals with the concept of freedom. There were parts that were new to me that weren't included in A Royal Affair, yet there were also things from the film I admired that this book was lacking. But I appreciate both works on t ...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
Paolo Gianoglio
Apr 26, 2015 Paolo Gianoglio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Apr 26, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
mai ahmd

لا بأس بها أحسب إنني كنتُ أتأمل في المزيد
غير أنني عرفت عن مرحلة من مراحل السلطة في الدانمارك
وعن دور فلاسفة التنوير في زيادة جنون هذا الملك المجنون أصلا
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
Sep 12, 2011 AliceinWonderland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 22, 2016 Manal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب, 2016
عندما تنتهي من قراءة كتاب ساحر ومثير تظل الأحداث عالقة في ذهنك لمدة يومين من جمالها.
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
João Carlos
Sep 17, 2014 João Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian, l2014
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
Laurie Johnston
There’s no doubt. Christian VII, Denmark’s King, will go through history as some kind of mad.

He threw temper tantrums, chairs out of windows . . . literally believed the world was a stage . . . Sources claim he was schizophrenic. Historians also speculate—like his cousin, England’s George III—his symptoms stemmed from porphyria. No wonder then, his appointed bride, Caroline Mathilde, George’s sister, en route from a madhouse straight to another, reportedly cried the entire time.

No wonder, too, s
“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
Dec 31, 2014 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2016 Lauma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Organizētāka, mazāk haotiska, salīdzinot ar Grāmatu par Blānšu un Mariju, droši vien tāpēc arī daudz slavenāka. Jāatzīst, ka Enkvista lielā māka ir izpētīt vēsturisko fonu un tad salikt kopā no gabaliņiem kādu skaistu, romantiski un erotiski piesātinātu stāstu, kas beigu beigās tomēr beidzas ar nāvi, salūšanu sabiedrības spiedienā vai citām klasiskām nelaimīgas mīlestības beigām.

Emociju un noskaņu grāmata, kas jālasa pareizajā brīdi - kaut kas tāds, ko man ir grūti ieteikt citiem par spīti tam,
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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.” 6 likes
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