240 pages, 8.25 × 6.55 × 1.05 in
June 30, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1859847641
ISBN - 13: 9781859847640
From the Publisher
The Stone Woman is the third novel of Tariq Ali’s “Islam Quartet.” Like its predecessors—Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree and The Book of Saladin—its power lies both in the story-telling and the challenge it poses to stereotyped images of life under Islam.
About the Author
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 Review and lives in London.
From Our Editors
Retired Ottoman noble Iskender Pasha’s family annually retires to their summer palace on the Sea of Marmara. In 1899, the great Islamic empire’s in jeopardy. A former tutor poses a difficult question the family has chosen to ignore for nearly a century — about the fate of the Ottoman Empire. Iskender Pasha’s family history reflects the empire’s deterioration for the past 500 years. This passionate tale of masters and servants, schoolteachers and painters brims over with envy, revenge and a decaying empire. Tariq Ali’s The Stone Woman is a powerful, provocative novel challenging myths about Islamic life.
“... an Eastern Magic Mountain.”—London Review of Books
“A richly woven tapestry that, even before its completion, merits comparison with Naguib Mahfouz's celebrated Cairo Trilogy. A great work in progress.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Ali spins a web of tales that is as inventive and fantastical as the Arabian nights.”—The Times
“Tales of anguish, longing, lust and lvoe all find their way to The Stone Woman ? Ali paints a vivid picture of a fading world.”—New York Times Book Review
“This Chekhov-like scenario of intense emotion within a creaking social structure constructs a rich picture of history and the way we think about history.”—Times Literary Supplement