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Winner of top literary prizes in Sweden and France, Enquist's epic of power, love, and madness in 1760s Denmark is an extraordinarily elegant and gorgeous novel.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Washington Square Press (first published 1999)
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Dem
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars.

I love books that bring history to life and what an utterly fascinating and compelling read based on historical fact The Royal Phsician's Visit was. It tells the story of King Christian VII of Denmark, his young Queen Caroline Mathilda of England and his Physician Johann Friedrich Struensee and the Royal Affair that that rocked the Danish Court and brought the kingdom to the brink of revolution


In 1768, a magnetic and handsome German Physician by the name of Struensee became the physic
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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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بثينة العيسى
عظيم.
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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Vasco Simões
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
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.
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!
Bettie☯
Aug 31, 2009 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.

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Halfway point - The writing is clumsy, flair-less and bordering on the inept; the characters are made modern and there are repeat paragrap
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Christine Spoors
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I really enjoyed this book, which was translated from Swedish to English by Tiina Nunnally. I must admit that I bought this book because I love the Danish film A Royal Affair which follows the same period in history and the romance between Struensee and Queen Caroline Mathilde. The fact that I was imagining the characters as actors I love (Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander) definitely played a part in how much I enjoyed the book.

This book was written in a really interesting way. I'm not sure ho
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Margherita Dolcevita
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
“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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Ardesia
Sep 05, 2011 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
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Hani Al-Kharaz
Jun 29, 2016 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
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Toria Burrell-Hrencecin
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
MAP
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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Hammad Alhajri
Jul 01, 2016 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 ١٧٦٨ - ١٧٧٢ في عهد الملك كريستيان السابع والذي وصف " بالجنون " وله قصة عجيبه هي التي أوصلته للجنون .
وفي تلك الفترة قامت ثورة تنويريه واصبحت
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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
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Sera
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Hannah
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Habemus_apicellam
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europei
C'è del marcio nel regno di Danimarca

Un re assoluto scaraventato nel labirinto della follia, un illuminista libertino in missione per la storia, un vendicatore in veste di Savonarola biblico, una regina disinibita e volitiva.... questi i personaggi di un episodio storico messo in scena come una tragedia di Shakespeare (i rimandi allo stesso capolavoro dell' "Amleto" sono molti e non casuali nello stessto testo). Enquist crea una atmosfera oppressiva ed epica nel narrare il "tempo di Struensee"
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Paolo Gianoglio
Aug 07, 2014 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
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Sandra
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografie, biografia
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
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
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
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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AliceinWonderland
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Emily
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Paige
Sep 30, 2014 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
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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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Elisa
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Per Olov Enquist affronta una vicenda tragica e bellissima, forte e reale, in modo sensibile e delicato, con uno stile semplice ma che incanta e che rende vivi e palpitanti i personaggi. Una storia non solo d'amore, ma anche di speranza e di "un sogno sulle possibilità dell'uomo".
Dopo aver letto questo libro sarà impossibile dimenticare Johann Friedrich Struensee, la sua principessa inglese e la loro piccola figlia: rimarranno nel cuore.
 Manal
Jan 29, 2016 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.
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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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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