The Romance of Imperial Rome Under Tyranny

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In the Satyricon by Fellini, a couple of proscribed Roman aristocrats prepare for death. The slaves have been freed, the relatives have said their farewells, both remain alone in the beautiful villa. Hédi Kaddour, who loves cinema references, did he think of this serene scene when he wrote the first page of The Night of Speakers, novel itself so colorful? “If I fail, Publius, we will have the dagger left,” Lucretia said to her husband.

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