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On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of the slightly disreputable, the temporarily lost, and the patently eccentric live on houseboats, rising and falling with the great river's tides. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they belong to one another in a motley yet kindly society. Booker prize winner.
Set in the war-torn world of Mughal India and ﬁrst published in the gathering darkness of the 1930s, The Root and the Flower is an epic story of intrigue, murder, and romance; of Tantric abandonment and Buddhist renunciation; of emotional delirium and spiritual adventure. The cast of characters includes Hari, a reckless and passionate warrior; Sita, in love with both Hari and her husband Amar, a prince who wishes to forsake the world but is increasingly drawn into a bloody political struggle; and Sita and Amar's son Jali, whose precocious encounters with sex and violence threaten him with madness.At once a dream of India and a vision of a world riven by political, ethnic, and religious conﬂicts, The Root and the Flower is a work of great range and singular poetic beauty. It is, in Penelope Fitzgerald's words, a "strange masterpiece," and one of the unsung glories of modern literature.
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