Ahmad, Omair The Storyteller's Tale

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The Storyteller's Tale

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While Afghan warlord Ahmed Shah Abdali plunders 18th century Delhi, a wandering storyteller fleeing the carnage happens across an isolated casbah a day's ride from the city. When the beautiful and lonely lady of the manor invites him to stay and share a story, his grief at the destruction of his glorious city spills forth in a story of two brothers, Taka and Wara - wolf and boy - a tale of love and loyalty, hurt and distrust. The storyteller is amazed when the lady, or Begum, responds with a tale of her own, of Aresh and Barab, and a friendship that transcends death. Transfixed by their storytelling duel and shocked by the discovery of forbidden love, the pair draw out their stories in order to delay the moment of their parting.

Part fable, part fantasy, The Storyteller's Tale captures the twilight of the Mughals and transports the reader to the stunning setting of an unforgettable brief encounter. Adapting ancient traditions of storytelling, skilfully weaving history and the lives of ordinary people in a landscape of war and devastation, Ahmad's finely drawn tale draws from the great folklore traditions of One Thousand and One Nights and the Tales of Genji.

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Brilliantly conceived, exquisitely written, The Storyteller's Tale enthralls and amazes with its magical exploration of the art of creating fiction (Manil Suri, author of the Age of Shiva and the Death of Vishnu)

About the Author:

Omair Ahmad studied at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Syracuse University, New York. He has worked at the Central & South Asia Division of Voice of America, as Political Adviser at the British High Commission in New Delhi, and is the author of one previous novel, Encounters.

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Book Description Penguin Books, 2008. Softcover. Book Condition: New. First edition. 13 x 20 cm. The Begum?s story, her challenge, had taken him by surprise. It had been so very long since somebody had matched him and, truth be told, outstripped him. He hadn?t imagined being bested. What a shocking joy it was to be defeated, to be in love again. It is the 1700s and the forces of Ahmad Shah Abdali have destroyed the glorious city of Delhi. Abandoned by fate and fortune, a storyteller finds himself at an isolated casbah a day?s ride from the city. When the Begum of the casbah invites him to stay and share a story, he tells her the tale of two brothers, Taka and Wara?wolf and boy?a tale of love and loyalty, and the hurt, fear and distrust that come when love remains unrecognized. The Begum is provoked into responding with a story of her own?the tale of Aresh and Barab and a friendship that transcends death. What follows in this many-layered tale is a duel of narratives, each reinforcing something different?love, loyalty, friendship, anguish, need, betrayal, sacrifice and loss; each tale drawing the Begum and the storyteller deeper into a forbidden desire; each story transporting the reader to an unforgettable world. Printed Pages: 129. Bookseller Inventory # 6918

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