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The Holder of the World

Mukherjee, Bharati

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ISBN 10: 0701135018 / ISBN 13: 9780701135010
Published by Chatto & Windus, London, 1993
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Title: The Holder of the World

Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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When she discovers a bequest in a museum, an American woman, Beigh Masters, becomes obsessed with the life of Hannah Easton, which started in the Puritanism of 17th-century England, moved to London in the reign of William of Orange, and ended in India at the court of the Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb.

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"An amazing literary feat and a masterpiece of storytelling. Once again, Bharati Mukherjee prove
she is one of our foremost writers, with the literary muscles to weave both the future and the past into a tale that is singularly intelligent and provocative."
--AMY TAN
This is the remarkable story of Hannah Easton, a unique woman born in the American colonies in 1670, "a person undreamed of in Puritan society." Inquisitive, vital and awake to her own possibilities, Hannah travels to Mughal, India, with her husband, and English trader. There, she sets her own course, "translating" herself into the Salem Bibi, the white lover of a Hindu raja.
It is also the story of Beigh Masters, born in New England in the mid-twentieth century, an "asset hunter" who stumbles on the scattered record of her distant relative's life while tracking a legendary diamond. As Beigh pieces together details of Hannah's journeys, she finds herself drawn into the most intimate and spellbinding fabric of that remote life, confirming her belief that with "sufficient passion and intelligence, we can decontrsuct the barriers of time and geography...."

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