The Mulberry Empire by Philip Hensher

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With Tolstoyan sweep and Dickensian vitality, this epically involving historical novel relates England’s tragic adventure in Afghanistan, which began with the triumphant arrival of the Army of the Indus in 1839 and ended three years later in rout and massacre.

At the center of The Mulberry Empire is Alexander Burnes, a Scots explorer who travels to the unfathomably remote kingdom of Afghanistan and first befriends and then reluctantly betrays its wise and impeccably courteous Amir. But he is only one character in a cast that includes ladies and generals, princes and deserters, all brilliantly and sympathetically realized. At once stirring and harrowing, exotic and cautionary, and as vividly colored as a Persian miniature, the result is a tour de force of re-creation and invention.


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About Philip Hensher

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Philip Hensher is a columnist for The Independent, an arts critic for The Spectator, and one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. He has written one collection of short stories and eight novels, including The Mulberry Empire, King of the Badgers, and The Northern Clemency, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in South London and Geneva.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 496 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The scheming Amir’s equally amoral favorite son Akbar, the elegant sadist Shah Shujah, and cultivated, Balzac-loving Russian “explorer” Vitkevich all figure importantly in the catapulting events that lead to the rousing and harrowing climax: the bloody siege of Jalabad, and its sorrowful aftermath.

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The Mulberry Empire Philip Hensher Flamingo £17.99, pp560 After reaching the end of Philip Hensher's new novel I was a little disappointed to discover that the official publication date is 2 April.

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The Guardian

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The Mulberry Empire Philip Hensher 560pp, Flamingo £17.99 Composing the final sentences of his novel on Good Friday 2001, Philip Hensher could not have known that by the time The Mulberry Empire was published, the name of the place he was writing about, the "jewelled city of Kabul", would ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Hensher's ambitious new novel (his first to be published in the United States) concerns a lesser-known chapter of Afghan history—the British occupation of Kabul in 1839.

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Star Tribune

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British novelist Philip Hensher's "The Mulberry Empire," which tells of a disastrous British invasion of Afghanistan in the 1830s, is certainly timely.

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London Review of Books

One such story, Amis remembered, ‘The Tale of the Jolly Prince and the Distempered Ghost’, contained the following: ‘and then the ghost made a fart like the breaking of an apple branch under the weight of good fruit.’ No doubt Hensher knows his Motion (and his Amis and his Larkin) and is here exe...

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