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The Enchantress of Florence

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A tall, yellow-haired young European traveller calling himself “Mogor dellAmore,” the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the real Grand Mughal, the Emperor Akbar, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the whole imperial capital. The stranger claims to be the child of a lost Mughal princess, the youngest sister of Akbars grandfather Babar: Qara Köz, ‘Lady Black Eyes, a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, who is taken captive first by an Uzbeg warlord, then by the Shah of Persia, and finally becomes the lover of a certain Argalia, a Florentine soldier of fortune, commander of the armies of the Ottoman Sultan. When Argalia returns home with his Mughal mistress the city is mesmerised by her presence, and much trouble ensues.

The Enchantress of Florence is a love story and a mystery - the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a mans world. It brings together two cities that barely know each other - the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant emperor wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire and the treachery of sons, and the equally sensual Florentine world of powerful courtesans, humanist philosophy and inhuman torture, where Argalias boyhood friend ‘il Machia - Niccolò Machiavelli - is learning, the hard way, about the true brutality of power. These two worlds, so far apart, turn out to be uncannily alike, and the enchantments of women hold sway over them both.

But is Mogors story true? And if so, then what happened to the lost princess? And if hes a liar, must he die?

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About the Author

Salman Rushdie is the author of nine previous novels, one collection of short stories, four works of non-fiction, and is the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 1993 Midnights Children was judged to be the Booker of Bookers, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. The Moors Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995 and the European Unions Aristeion Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Commander des Arts et des Lettres. He was knighted in June 2007.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780676977592
Author:
Rushdie, Salman
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090106
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x .95 in .8 lb

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