Em uma narrativa lírica e rica em detalhes, Tariq Ali confronta mais uma vez os estereótipos culturais do Islã. A trama se passa na Sicília medieval, em Palermo, uma cidade muçulmana que rivaliza com Bagdá e Córdoba em tamanho e esplendor. O ano é 1153. Os normandos ocupam a Siqilliya, mas a cultura e a língua árabes dominam a ilha e a corte. O Sultão Rujari (Rei Rogério) cerca-se de intelectuais muçulmanos, várias concubinas e uma administração presidida por talentosos eunucos.
The fourth novel in Tariq Ali’s ‘Islam Quintet’ charts the life and loves of the medieval cartographer Muhammed al-Idrisi. Torn between his close friendship with the sultan and his friends who are leaving the island or plotting a resistance to Norman rule, Idrisi finds temporary solace in the harem; but his conscience is troubled...
“A marvelously paced and boisterously told novel of intrigue, love, insurrection and manipulation.” — The Guardian .
A Sultan in Palermo is a mythic novel in which pride, greed, and lust intermingle with resistance and greatness. It echoes a past that can still be heard today.
“A richly woven tapestry that even before its completion meritscomparison with Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo trilogy.” -- Kirkus Reviews
[About the Author]: Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London.
Aventura / Ficção / História / Literatura Estrangeira / Romance / Suspense e Mistério