This gothic tale of love and honour, deception and betrayal, set in North Africa in the 16th century, could in fact unfold at almost any time in history, and in any country. It is a universal story of inquisition, book burning, persecution and intolerance of new knowledge.
A richly romantic tale of sexual awakening, love and betrayal
A nobleman and his wife, an apothecary nun, an astronomer-mathematician, an inquisitor, a poet who is both lover and villain, a portraitist, a Queen and loyal servants deftly act out tantalising relationships in a poignant complex drama.
They take up their roles in castle and convent, some surrounded by ornate interiors, garbed in velvets and silks, garlanded with precious jewels; while others abide in simple space devoid of art or representation, and dressed in plain linens and dull calicos.
This is a wondrous narrative, rendered in striking and erotic prose and poetry, stitched through with rich imagery, humour and tenderness. It is also a story of trade and exotic travel, both across the surface of the earth and among the stars. It will leave the heart singing and crying, long after it has been put down.
Hardcover:ISBN 0593 051785
Published by Bantam Press.
Available on Amazon.co.uk
Spanish: Oro RojoTranslated by Alejandro Palomas
Published by Lumen 2006
Random House Mondadori S.A.
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