book cover of As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

(2002)
A Novel of Peter Bruegel
A novel by

 
 
Rudy Rucker is an author whose writing thus far has been devoted to nonfiction about science and to genre fiction. He has won awards and achieved a substantial reputation in those fields. But he also has a long-standing fascination with the paintings of one of the great European artists, an interest that has led him to visit museums around the world and to investigate the facts of the artist's life.

Peter Bruegel's paintings-a peasant wedding in a barn, hunters in the snow, a rollicking street festival, and many others-have long defined our idea of everyday life in sixteenth-century Europe. They are classic icons of a time and place in much the same way as Norman Rockwell's depictions of twentieth-century America. We know relatively little about Bruegel, but after years of research, novelist, mathematician, and art lover Rudy Rucker has taken what is known and imagined for us the life and world of a master who never got old.

In sixteen chapters, each headed by a reproduction of one of the famous works, Rucker brings Bruegel's painter's progress and his colorful world to vibrant life, doing for Bruegel what the bestselling Girl with A Pearl Earring did for Vermeer. We follow the artist from the winding streets of Antwerp and Brussels to the glowing skies and decaying monuments of Rome and back. He and his friends, the cartographer Ortelius and Williblad Cheroo, an American Indian, are as vivid on the page as the multifarious denizens of Bruegel's unforgettable canvases.

Here is a world of conflict, change and discovery, a world where Carnival battles Lent every day, recorded for us forever by the enigmatic and engaging genius readers will meet in the pages of As Above So Below.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A delightful book, one that carries us through the sixteenth-century picture-plane at extraordinary angles, illuminating Bruegel, his art and his world, with warmth and candor." - William Gibson


Similar books by other authors

thumb
Tombland
(Shardlake, book 7)
C J Sansom

Used availability for Rudy Rucker's As Above, So Below

Hardback Editions

November 2002 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 0-7653-0403-1 / 978-0-7653-0403-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

November 2003 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
ISBN: 0-7653-0404-X / 978-0-7653-0404-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2003 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel
Author(s): Rudy Rucker
Publisher: Forge Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA