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The Enchantress Of Florence by Salman Rushdie
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May 15, 08

bookshelves: india, magic-realism

Another classic from an incomparable author! The Enchantress of Florence tells the story of Akbar, a Mughal emperor, who meets a traveler from Florence who claims to be his relative. As is typical with Rushdie's books, the plot is only the novel's skeleton, and the story weaves myth, history, and philosophy to open dialogue on the mingling of Eastern and Western culture, their differences, and what their histories tell us about our world today. It is set in the Florence and India of our collective imaginations and contains characters like Niccolo Machiavelli and Cesare Borgia who have acquired legendary status, which Rushdie uses to create his own modern fairy tale. The story is simply beautiful, though there's nothing simple about it.
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