Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh by Robert Irwin

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Finally published in the United States, Robert Irwin's gripping fantasy tale of sensuality and ancient Arabian culture takes readers on a kaleidoscopic ride of deception, temptation, and greed.

The virginal hero of the tale, Prince Orkhan, escapes from The Cage of the Imperial Harem, in which the sons of the sultan are imprisoned, and finds himself hailed by the Harem's concubines as their new Sultan. He is immediately caught up in the excesses and perversions of the Harem. But evil flourishes in a bed of boredom and, after allowing the Viper to drink at the Tavern of the Perfume-Makers, Orkhan enters a maze of complicated relationships, all orchestrated by the devotees of the Prayer-Cushion movement. Temptation, seduction, story-telling, and magic are used to lure the Sultan towards a climax which is designed to be both ecstatic and fatal.

Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh is a masterful blend of historical fact, dark humor, and robust fantasy. The tale features sex with men, women, fairies, and alligators-there is something here to titillate every desire, and a wonderful story to boot.


About Robert Irwin

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Robert Irwin was born in 1946. He read Modern history at Oxford and taught Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews. He has written six novels and is also the author of several non-fiction works, including Night and Horses and the Desert: An Anthology of Classic Arabic Literature (2000). He has also lectured on Arabic and Middle Eastern History at the universities of London, Cambridge and Oxford.
Published July 1, 2002 by Overlook. 140 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sex is theatrical warfare between men and women in British novelist and Middle East scholar Irwin's erotic fantasy set in a Turkish harem.

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One day he is named sultan and released into the harem, given no instruction, but cryptically warned by a deaf vizier about the power of the women he will encounter (for example, Orkhan should not "let the viper drink at the Tavern of the Perfume-Makers").

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Robert Irwin, British historian and scholar of Medieval and Arabic History and author of several novels and works of nonfiction, uses his academic expertise to craft an exotic, erotic fantasy about life in the Harem of the Sultan of the Turkish Ottoman Empire during a vaguely defined Imperi...

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