As Above, So Below

A Novel of Peter Bruegel

Rudy Rucker

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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 Rudy Rucker has built upon what is known and has created for us the life and world of a true 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 best-selling 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, preserved for us in paint by the engaging genius you will meet in the pages of As Above So Below.

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ONE
 
MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE
THE FRENCH - ITALIAN ALPS, MAY 1552
 
 
Peter Bruegel was looking at his first mountain, a steep, rounded foothill at the edge of the Alps. He and his friend Martin de Vos had never seen anything like it.
“The land swoops right up into the air,” said Bruegel. He was a tall young man with a high brow, a big nose, and alert clear gray eyes. “Just like it’s supposed to.”
“Like a great ocean wave,” said de Vos. He leaned on his long staff, peering out from under the low brim of his hat.

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“Whether he’s investigating the fractalized cutting edge of science and math theory, or traveling through Tonga and Tokyo, it’s hard to think of a more genial, or more well-informed, tour guide. And like his idol Kerouac, Rucker’s a hell of a reporter.”--- American Book Review

“This is Rudy Rucker having fun, the purpose of life. In Seek! he’s picked a brilliant bunch of his columns, essays, and interviews, a travelogue of discovery from cellular automata to his ‘transreal’ fiction. So this is how to be a professor of computing science, write acclaimed nonfiction, become a hit with the cyberpunks, and have an excellent time.”--- New Scientist

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About the Author

Rudy Rucker

Rudy Rucker is a mathematician, computer scientist, professor and writer who has twice won the Philip K. Dick Award for best SF paperback original, and has published a number of successful popular books on mathematical subjects, including The Fourth Dimension and Infinity and the Mind. He lives in Los Gatos, California.

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As Above, So Below
A Novel of Peter Bruegel
Rudy Rucker

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 2003
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ISBN: 9781429939485
ISBN10: 1429939486
320 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
November 2003
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ISBN: 9780765304049
ISBN10: 076530404X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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