Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Stone Woman]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Stone Woman]

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The Stone Woman by Tariq Ali (Verso, ISBN 185984 764 1)

Tariq Ali's new novel is the third in a projected quartet on Islam and its conflicts with Judaism and Christianity. The first book in the series, Shadow of the Pomegranate Tree was set in the sixteenth century as Ferdinand and Isabella completed their zealous re-conquest of Spain. The second, The Book of Saladin told the story of Salahal-Din, the Kurd who liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders in the twelfth century.

The Stone Woman is also set on a cusp of history; it is 1899 and the Ottoman Empire is in terminal decline, plagued by corruption and surrounded by enemies. The family of Iskander Pasha, a retired state official, have gathered at his palace by the Sea of Marmara to gossip, plot, tell tales and while away the summer months.

The central story is narrated by Nilofer, Iskander's daughter, newly returned from exile for the heinous crime of marrying a Greek. …

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