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The Land of Darkness

The Land of Darkness

by Daniel Arsand
     
 
It is 1289, and Kubilai Khan rules the largest empire the world has ever known.

A man of driving ambition, the Venetian merchant Vincente Montefoschi prepares to lead a caravan on the perilous journey from Lesser Armenia to Peking, capital of the great Khan's empire. Spurred by hopes of Kubilai's conversion to Christianity, the Armenian King Hethum II lends his

Overview

It is 1289, and Kubilai Khan rules the largest empire the world has ever known.

A man of driving ambition, the Venetian merchant Vincente Montefoschi prepares to lead a caravan on the perilous journey from Lesser Armenia to Peking, capital of the great Khan's empire. Spurred by hopes of Kubilai's conversion to Christianity, the Armenian King Hethum II lends his patronage to Montefoschi's mission, sending with him to China a supremely gifted illuminator to win the Mongol emperor to the True Faith.

Here the journey east is one of extremes: extremes of climate, of terrain and of passion.

Individual questsÑfor glory, pleasure, love and dominationÑgive rise to suspicion and hostility among the travelers. As the caravan crosses land rumored to be governed by spirits, reality yields to myth and illusion and the main characters are forced to confront their own demons or be consumed.

Author Biography: Daniel Arsand, became a publisher after a career in bookselling. A distinguished man of letters, he did not start writing fiction until he was past 40. A collection of his short stories appeared in 1996. This, his first novel, was shortlisted for prestigious literary prizes.

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Kirkus Reviews
A colorful 1998 novel, winner of France's Prix Femina for First Fiction, relates the adventures of a crafty Armenian merchant and a zealous manuscript illuminator who travel overland (on the fabled Silk Road) to the Far East, to engage in trade and convert to Christianity barbarian Mongol emperor Kublai (grandson to Genghis Khan). Exotic, sensuously detailed, picaresque, and often disturbingly graphic, this is the kind of novel we don't see very often these days (think of it as in part a wry Gallic variant version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales). A rich, exciting tale-and Donougher's superb translation is a marvel of precisely phrased eloquence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781873982990
Publisher:
Dedalus, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
Europe 1992-2001 Series
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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