by Salman Rushdie - £9.99 Vintage (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780099421924 | ISBN 10: 0099421925
A tall, yellow-haired young European traveller calling himself 'Mogor dell'Amore', 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: Qara Koz, 'Lady Black Eyes', a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, who becomes the lover of Argalia, a Florentine soldier.
When Argalia returns home to Florence with his Mughal mistress the city is mesmerised by her presence, as two worlds are brought together by one woman attempting to command her own destiny...
But is Mogor's story true? And if so, then what happened to the lost princess?
"My first desire on finishing it was to go back and re-read it. Like all of Rushdie's work, the playfulness, the passion, the erudition and the sensuousness go hand in hand. It's immensely rich... it's one of his best."
(Catherine Lockerbie, Scotsman)
"Mesmerising, picareaque... It is a boisterous tale piled high with sex and adventure and fantasty."
(Goedie Grieg, Tatler)
"An exhuberant mix of fantasy and history."
(Clare Colvin, Daily Mail)
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