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The Miniaturist [Kindle Edition]

Kunal Basu

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'A tale of immense originality and intrigue. The Miniaturist is every bit as perfect and detailed as a Mughal painting should be. Well crafted in all its details of colour and texture, it is an intensely passionate creation' Observer

Set in the court of the Emperor Akbar in 16th-century India, this is a richly detailed and sensuous tale of art, sex and political intrigue. Bihzad is the son of the emperor's chief artist and as such, he is groomed to follow in his father's footsteps. A child prodigy, Bihzad is shielded from life as he grows up in the stunning fortress town of Agra. But soon word of his talent - his wild, imaginative drawings free from the normal restrictions of court painting - spreads. When the emperor decides to move the court to Fatehpur Sikri, Bihzad is favoured among the other artists and musicians. In his spare time he paints a series of richly, erotic scenes. But as his fame increases, he begins to make enemies who are jealous of his success and who will use his hidden drawings to destroy him.

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We had a very good launch for this down in Oxford and there is currently an exhibition on at the V&A featuring the illustrations from the Mughal Emperor Akbar's favourite stories in the Hamzanama which feature in THE MINIATURIST. the reviews which have come in so far have been excellent: 'THE MINIATURIST shows him to be a master of his craft.....his novel is a cut-glass superstructure, as sumptuous as the imperial pleasure domes that he describes, and crafted with the miniaturist's wizardry.'Alistair Sooke, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'THE MINIATURIST is every bit as perfect and detailed as a Mughal painting should be. Well crafted in all its details of colour and texture, it is a craftsman's intensely passionate creation.'Mithu Banerji, THE OBSERVER 'Ultimately, Basu's is not a historical novel in the conventional sense either. Itsearly sections, do however, display the imprimatur of authenticity and the diligent scholarship of an outsider from another Indian tradition.... Like theMughal miniaturists, Basu surrounds the central figure with exquisitely intricate incidental detail.'Aamer Hussein, THE INDEPENDENT 'Baus is a miniaturist himself, bringing many lives into 200-odd pages and producing a rich tale of artistic and erotic obsession.TIME OUT 'richly detailed..... Basu keeps us intrigued by his hero and by the exotic world that creates and destroys him.THE SUNDAY TIMES 'a lush beautifully written book.'THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE 'there are many wonderful sequences in this novel. Basu has a wide and sympathetic mind that enlivens historical research. The description of Bihzad's paintings are compelling and the renunciations of his final years is moving.'Royce Mahawatte, THE TLS and one of the GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'This is an absorbing adventure through a fabled realm, an enthralling combination of fast-moving plot and a subtle examination of the real meaning of art' 'This novel is a delicious 16th century blend of the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Christians, Hindus,Muslims, Sufis, wine, opium, friendship, lust and love. A heady brew, definitely worth the calories.'India Today 'The novel is steeped in intrigue and awakens the inertia of readers immersed in the cliches of a lot ofmodern Indian fiction. (Basu's) manipulation of history, art, and time, of facts and of fiction emerge in this neat little book, which indeed is a gem. This year should be the year of The Miniaturist.'Times of India 'The Miniaturist is rather like a Mughal miniature itself - small, vivid and perfectly craft

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A dazzling second novel set in 16th century India, telling the story of the greatest of all miniature painters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0753817497
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; New Ed edition (25 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NUS8W6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Art 101 30 Jan. 2005
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Kunal Basu's tale is an interesting episodic journey that follows the life of an artist Bihzad from his young days as a boy who loves to draw to his time as an old man. The book is an adventure that takes us through 16th century India to the Mogul Empire. Many of the terms in the book require a bit of getting used to such as the boy's father who is head artist is called the "Khwaja." The "Darogha" is the head of the artists' workshop called the "kitabkhana." Once the unusual nature of the terms become more familiar, we relax into what is a very interesting tale. It makes sense that in an era before the wide use of printing presses and photography that rulers needed legions of artists to produce their images to be presented throughout their empire. I felt like I was learning a bit about the history of art & the status of the artist. Bihzad is a master who falls a bit too much in love with his Emperor and therefore paints the wrong pictures resulting in banishment and a rather endless sojourn in the desert. Many of the characters that flit into the story are sweetly drawn such as the birdwomen and the postal carrier. The scenes in the harem are drawn with an objective eye, almost clinical in detail. Overall, this is a very different tale set in a different culture & time, written by an Indian author. Enjoy!
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