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The Storyteller's Tale

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While Afghan warlord Ahmed Shah Abdali plunders 18th century Delhi, a wandering storyteller fleeing the carnage happens across an isolated casbah a day's ride from the city. When the beautiful and lonely lady of the manor invites him to stay and share a story, his grief at the destruction of his glorious city spills forth in a story of two brothers, Taka and Wara - wolf and boy - a tale of love and loyalty, hurt and distrust.

The storyteller is amazed when the lady, or Begum, responds with a tale of her own, of Aresh and Barab, and a friendship that transcends death. Transfixed by their storytelling duel and shocked by the discovery of forbidden love, the pair draw out their stories in order to delay the moment of their parting. Part fable, part fantasy, "The Storyteller's Tale" captures the twilight of the Mughals and transports the reader to the stunning setting of an unforgettable brief encounter.

Adapting ancient traditions of storytelling, skilfully weaving history and the lives of ordinary people in a landscape of war and devastation, Ahmad's finely drawn tale draws from the great folklore traditions of "One Thousand and One Nights" and the "Tales of Genji".


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Hardback Editions

February 2015 : Hardback

Title: The Storyteller's Tale
Author(s): Omair Ahmad
ISBN: 8193071026 / 978-8193071021
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
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Paperback Editions

January 2010 : UK Paperback

Title: The Storyteller's Tale
Author(s): Omair Ahmad
ISBN: 0-14-306313-8 / 978-0-14-306313-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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