ABOUT THE BOOK
Nostradamus was the French astrologer and physician whose prophecies earned him fame and a loyal following during his lifetime. He first worked as a physician and began his medical practice in the 1530s, although he did so without a medical degree. He began making prophecies about 1547, and he published his prophecies in a book entitled Centuries (1555). In the centuries since his death, people have credited him with accurately predicting pivotal events in history, from the French Revolution to the rise of Adolf Hitler (Nostradamus referred to him as “Hister”) to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and even the 2020 corona virus. According to Nostradamus, the world is slated to end in the year 3797.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexis Lykiard born Athens 1940, living since 1946 in UK, where he learned English. In 1957 won first Open English Scholarship ever awarded by King’s College, Cambridge, graduating with a First. Lykiard’s teenage novel The Summer Ghosts was a Sixties bestseller, followed by eight more novels. Well known as translator of Lautréamont, Jarry, Artaud and many other French authors, his own prose also includes two highly praised intimate memoirs of Jean Rhys.
Poetry remains Lykiard’s first love however: numerous poetry collections include Cat Kin, 1994 (“Contagiously cat-like in all its dexterous twists” – Ted Hughes); Living Jazz, 1990 (“Thank you for loving enough and living enough to write Living Jazz” – Maya Angelou) and Skeleton Keys, 2003, of which the historian-poet Angus Calder wrote “His argument with the world is brilliantly waged. Readers will learn a lot while they are moved by it.”