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When Dreams Travel

 
Githa Hariharan (Author)
Synopsis

A magical tour de force by a writer at the height of her powers, When Dreams Travel weaves round Scheherazade-or Shahrzad of the thousand and one nights-a vibrant, inventive story about that old game that's never played out: the quest for love and power. The curtain opens on four figures, two men and two women. There is the sultan who wants a virgin every night; there is his brother, who makes an enemy of darkness and tries to banish it; and there are their ambitious brides, the sisters Shahrzad and Dunyazad, aspiring to be heroines-or martyrs.

Travelling in and out of these lives to spellbinding effect is a range of stories, dark, poetic and witty by turns, spanning medieval to contemporary times. With its sharp and lively blend of past and present, its skilful reworking of the historical tradition, and its controlled use of evocative language, Githa Hariharan's multi-voiced narrative assumes the significance of modern myth.

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About the author

Githa Hariharan

Githa Hariharan's first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1993. Since then, she has published a collection of stories, The Art of Dying, and two novels, The Ghosts of Vasu Master and When Dreams Travel. She has also edited A Southern Harvest, a volume of stories translated from four south Indian languages, and co-edited a collection of secular stories for Indian children, Sorry, Best Friend! She lives in New Delhi, where she works as a freelance editor.

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Bibliographic information

Title When Dreams Travel
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780143104285
length 288p.