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Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants

(2018)
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In 1506, Michelangelo - a young but already renowned sculptor - is invited by the sultan of Constantinople to design a bridge over the Golden Horn. The sultan has offered, alongside an enormous payment, the promise of immortality, since Leonardo da Vinci's design was rejected: 'You will surpass him in glory if you accept, for you will succeed where he has failed, and you will give the world a monument without equal.' Michelangelo, after some hesitation, flees Rome and an irritated Pope Julius II - whose commission he leaves unfinished - and arrives in Constantinople for this truly epic project. Once there, he explores the beauty and wonder of the Ottoman Empire, sketching and describing his impressions along the way, and becomes immersed in cloak-and-dagger palace intrigues as he struggles to create what could be his greatest architectural master-work. Constructed from real historical fragments, Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants is a thrilling novella about why stories are told, why bridges are built, and how seemingly unmatched pieces, seen from the opposite sides of civilization, can mirror one another.

'In his fiction, Enard is constructing an intricate, history-rich vision of a persistently misunderstood part of the world.' Jacob Silverman, New Yorker

Genre: Literary Fiction

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November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants
Author(s): Mathias Enard
ISBN: 0-8112-2704-9 / 978-0-8112-2704-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants
Author(s): Mathias Enard
ISBN: 0-8112-2894-0 / 978-0-8112-2894-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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November 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants
Author(s): Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
ISBN: 1-910695-69-6 / 978-1-910695-69-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants
Author(s): Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell
ISBN: 1-901695-69-7 / 978-1-901695-69-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
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Kindle Editions

October 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants
Author(s): Mathias Enard
Publisher: New Directions
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November 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants
Author(s): Mathias Enard
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU