The Land of Darkness by Daniel Arsand

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"It is 1289. Kubilai, grandson of the fearsome Mongol leader Genghis Kahn whose seemingly unstoppable army so recently brought Christendom to the brink of destruction, now rules the largest empire the world has ever known." "A man of driving ambition, the Venetian merchant Vincente Montefoschi prepares to lead a caravan on the perilous journey from Lesser Armenia to Peking, capital of the great Kahn of Kahn's empire. Spurred by hopes of Kubilai's conversion to Christianity, the Armenian King Hethum II lends his patronage to Montefoschi's mission, sending with him to China a supremely gifted illuminator to win the Mongol Emperor to the True Faith." "In Daniel Arsand's The Land of Darkness, the journey east is one of extremes: extremes of climate, of terrain and of passion. Individual quests - for glory pleasure, love and domination - give rise to suspicion and hostility among the travellers. As the caravan crosses land rumoured to be governed by spirits, reality yields to myth and illusion and the main characters are forced to confront their own demons or be consumed by their passions."--BOOK JACKET.

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About the AuthorDaniel Arsand was born in Avignon in 1950 and currently works as an editor with Éditions Phébus in Paris. He is the author of several novels, including The Land of Darkness, winner of the Prix Fémina for First Fiction, and In Silence, winner of the Jean Giono Second Novel Grand Prix.About the TranslatorFor Europa Editions, Howard Curtis has translated Francisco Coloane's Tierra del Fuego and five novels by Jean-Claude Izzo, including all three books in Izzo's Marseilles Trilogy. His translation of the final book in this trilogy, Solea, was shortlisted for the French-American and Florence Gould Translation Prize in 2008.
Published May 2, 2001 by Dedalus Ltd. 196 pages
Genres: History, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A colorful 1998 novel, winner of France’s Prix Fémina for First Fiction, relates the adventures of a crafty Armenian merchant and a zealous manuscript illuminator who travel overland (on the fabled Silk Road) to the Far East, to engage in trade and convert to Christianity barbarian Mongol emperor...

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