In 1980, Ghosh journeyed to a remote corner of Egypt looking for clues to the life of a 12th-century Indian slave whose story he had stumbled upon in letters written to the slave's master. Ghosh's work is a brilliant hybrid of history, cultural investigation, and travelogue.
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by Amitav Ghosh
by John Burdett
by Pat Barker
by Guy Gavriel Kay
by Naomi Novik
"A wonderful work like this MUST be an audiobook. It overflows with glorious description and perfect dialogue, which Golden Voice narrator Simon Vance delivers with his characteristic panache. When Indian Hindu Amitav Ghosh was at Oxford, he read about a twelfth-century Jewish merchant and his slave. Next he studied Arabic and went to Egypt to follow their astonishing story. Ghosh combines travelogue, history, biography, and details of Egyptian life as he reveals what slavery once meant: a career opportunity for the person who agreed to bondage. Vance enhances the production with appropriate accents and gentle humor. Both writing and narration illustrate how diverse religions and cultures coexisted before nationalism and fanaticism separated the world's sisters and brothers. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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