Magazine article New Internationalist

The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Robinson

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Robinson

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Here is an historical novel with a twist - or rather an overturning - that shows just how arbitrary the long span of human history is in terms of winners, losers and part-players.

Robinson rolls back the clock to the 14th century. Instead of the Black Death taking out a sizable chunk of the European population, here it wipes out almost the entire continent. Islam moves in to fill the void, and China moves further east to settle North America's west coast. These are serious world powers, and it falls to South Asia, which leads with military technology, to hold the balance between them. Not surprisingly, these three superpowers then vie for Africa.

Rewriting history lets Robinson raise more profound questions about the function and interplay of power, culture, faith and love for the inhabitants of this dizzying planet. …

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