Night Of The Golden Butterfly: A Novel by Tariq AliNight Of The Golden Butterfly: A Novel by Tariq Ali

Night Of The Golden Butterfly: A Novel

byTariq Ali

Paperback | July 7, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info

$19.95

Earn 100 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

Ships within 1-2 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores

about

Night of the Golden Butterfly concludes the Islam Quintet—Tariq Ali’s much lauded series of historical novels, translated into more than a dozen languages, that has been twenty years in the writing. Completing an epic panorama that began in fifteenth-century Moorish Spain, the latest novel moves between the cities of the twenty-first century, from Lahore to London, from Paris to Beijing. The narrator is rung one morning and reminded that he owes a debt of honour. The creditor is Mohammed Aflatun—known as Plato—an irascible but gifted painter living in a Pakistan where “human dignity has become a wreckage.” Plato, who once specialized in stepping back from the limelight, now wants his life story written. As the tale unravels we meet Plato’s London friend Alice Stepford, now a leading music critic in New York; Mrs. “Naughty” Latif, the Islamabad housewife whose fondness for generals leads to her flight to the salons of intellectually fashionable Paris, where she is hailed as the Diderot of the Islamic world; and there’s Jindie, the Golden Butterfly of the title, the narrator’s first love. Interwoven with this chronicle of contemporary life is the turbulent history of Jindie’s family. Her great forebear, Dù Wénxiù, led a Muslim rebellion in Yunnan in the nineteenth century and ruled the region from his capital Dali for almost a decade, as Sultan Suleiman. Night of the Golden Butterfly reveals Ali in full flight, at once imaginative and intelligent, satirical and stimulating.
Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Revie...
Loading
Title:Night Of The Golden Butterfly: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 7.81 × 5.25 × 0.82 inShipping dimensions:7.81 × 5.25 × 0.82 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Verso BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:178168006X

ISBN - 13:9781781680063

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A humdinger of a book, full of energy, intelligence and bite.” —Hilary Spurling, Daily Mail “Wonderfully exuberant and mischievous ... deftly intertwines strands of Chinese-Muslim with Indo-Pakistani history ... [A] jewel box of a novel.” —Independent “If Pakistan is a land of untold stories, whispered conspiracy theories and closed-door mutinies, then thank heavens for Tariq Ali, whose access to its innermost secret chambers has made him the country’s finest historian and critic.” —Fatima Bhutto, New Statesman “Witty and barbed, a delight to read.” —Oregonian “Audacious ... Islamic politics and faith, the mille-feuille of layers that constitute belief, and the salty real world behind closed doors, are all caught starkly by Ali’s uneffusive prose. For once ‘unputdownable’ is the case.” —Tom Adair, Scotsman “Bold, clever, full of multilingual jokes, and replete with socio-historical detail.” —Madeleine Clements, Times Literary Supplement“Offers great insight into the history and culture of the Muslim world.” —Booklist “A novelist of distinction ... Ali offers a persuasive account of the corruption of contemporary Pakistan, especially the brutal sexual politics, and his wry, ruminative account of lifelong friendship rings with truth.” —Michael Arditti, Daily Mail