Salman Rushdie’s new novel
(UK: Jonathan Cape; US: Random House) is called THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE
and combines Indian and Italian themes (the emperor Akbar, as in Rushdie’s
recent "short story" published in the NEW YORKER, ‘The Shelter of the World’ –
see entry on this blog, 19 Feb 08) which proves in fact
yo have been an extract from the novel),
and … Niccolò Machiavelli …
THE ECONOMIST’s review ( for 29 Mar – 4 Apr 08, p. 90
(‘Still lost in the wilderness’) does not consider it Rushdie’s best but says it is very well researched
(with a six-page source bibliography at the back).
Note added 12 Aug 08:
I have now reviewed this novel on this blog (entry for 2 Aug 08), in tandem with Amitav Ghosh’s SEA OF POPPIES. You will see that I find Ghosh’s venture into the historical novel to be far more successful than Rushdie’s!


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