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Death Of An Ancient King

Death Of An Ancient King (Paperback)

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The international prize-winning bestseller, from a hugely popular writer dubbed 'the darling of the booksellers" by the French press. King Tsongor is getting old. Having governed his immense empire peacefully for many years, he prepares to give his lovely daughter Samilia away to her official suitor, the prince of the Lands of Salt. The streets outside the palace are filled with rose petals, and gold cloth hangs from every window. But on the eve of the wedding, a lone, mysterious rider appears instead to claim Samilia's hand. Within days, two great nations prepare for a senseless conflict over a beautiful woman; and an old, sad King looks on as his world and his family fall apart...Bursting with colour and raw emotion, and embracing grand themes of loyalty, family, honour and war, Death of an Ancient King is like a lost fragment of a Greek tragedy. Told in a simple, hypnotic prose that gathers beauty with every page, this small, prize-winning jewel of a book is impossible to classify, but the richness of its achievement announces the arrival of a major literary talent.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 17/05/2005 ISBN-13: 9780007170289  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Laurent Gaude is a French novelist and playwright. Born in 1972, he has written five plays and two novels, achieving great success and acclaim throughout Europe. 'Death of an Ancient King', his first work to be published in English, was a massive bestseller in his native France, and won two major prizes: the Prix de Goncourt des Lyceens and the Prix des Libraires - voted for by hundreds of French-speaking booksellers from across France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. He lives in Paris.

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