River Of Ink: A Novel by Paul M.M. CooperRiver Of Ink: A Novel by Paul M.M. Cooper

River Of Ink: A Novel

byPaul M.M. Cooper

Hardcover | January 26, 2016

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A sweeping historical epic of poetry and revolution--about the power of language and the resilience of the heart.

In thirteenth-century Sri Lanka, Asanka, poet to the king, lives a life of luxury, enjoying courtly life and a sweet, furtive love affair with a palace servant, a village girl he is teaching to write. But when Magha, a prince from the mainland, usurps the throne, Asanka's role as court poet dramatically alters. Magha is a cruel and calculating kingand yet, a lover of poetry -- and he commissions Asanka to translate a holy Sanskrit epic into the Tamil language spoken by his recently acquired subjects. The poem will be an olive branch -- a symbol of unity between the two cultures.
     But in different languages, in different contexts, meaning can become slippery. First inadvertently, then deliberately and dangerously, Asanka's version of the epic, centered on the killing of an unjust ruler, inspires and arouses the oppressed people of the land. Asanka must juggle the capricious demands of a king with the growing demands of his own political consciousness -- and his heart -- if he wishes to survive and imagine a future with the woman he loves.
     The first novel from a remarkable young writer, River of Ink is a powerful historical tale set in the shadow of oppression -- one with deep allegorical resonances in any time -- celebrating the triumph of literature and love.
PAUL M.M. COOPER graduated from the University of Warwick in 2011 and spent most of the next year living in Sri Lanka, teaching English in schools and travelling the country. He returned to receive his creative writing M.A. from the University of East Anglia. He now lives in central London and works as a journalist. He's obsessed with ...
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Title:River Of Ink: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.61 × 6.64 × 1.26 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1632860708

ISBN - 13:9781632860705

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Culturally Rich, Poetic Prose A beautifully written, culturally rich, love story about the poet Asanka who is commissioned with the arduous task of translating a holy tale for a usurper king. The prose, filled with poetry and legend, is lovely. I had a difficult time connecting with the protagonist, which made it a bit of a slow read, but the plot is stirring when reflecting on its entirety.
Date published: 2016-03-22