The Miniaturist by Kunal Basu

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Set in the court of the Emperor Akbar in 16th-century India, this is a richly detailed and sensuous tale of art, sex, and political intrigue. Bihzad is the son of the emperor's chief artist and as such, he is groomed to follow in his father's footsteps. A child prodigy, Bihzad is shielded from life as he grows up in the stunning fortress town of Agra. But soon word of his his wild, imaginative drawings free from the normal restrictions of court painting spreads. In his spare time he paints a series of richly erotic scenes, but as his fame increases, he begins to make enemies who are jealous of his success and will use his hidden drawings to destroy him. Kunal Basu’s first novel, The Opium Clerk, was published to critical acclaim. Born in Calcutta, Basu now lives in Oxford, England.

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Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta but has spent much of his adult life in Canada and the USA. He currently teaches at Oxford and McGill universities.
Published January 1, 2003 by Orion Publishing. 247 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Out of Bizhad’s love for one man emerges a heartfelt identification with all human life, indeed the entire visible creation: a renewed passion of a very different kind, manifested in Bizhad’s much celebrated portrait of a Madonna and child, flowering in a life-affirming denial of the warning pose...

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The Miniaturist by Kunal Basu Weidenfeld £12.99, pp224 Kunal Basu's first novel, The Opium Clerk, bravely trod on virgin ground when it was published in 2001.

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