The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

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Set in the court of the Emperor Akbar in 16th-century India, this is a richly detailed and sensuous tale of art, sex and political intrigue. Bihzad is the son of the emperor's chief artist and as such, he is groomed to follow in his father's footsteps. A child prodigy, Bihzad is shielded from life as he grows up in the stunning fortress town of Agra. But soon word of his talent - his wild, imaginative drawings free from the normal restrictions of court painting - spreads. When the emperor decides to move the court to Fatehpur Sikri, Bihzad is favoured among the other artists and musicians. In his spare time he paints a series of richly, erotic scenes. But as his fame increases, he begins to make enemies who are jealous of his success and who will use his hidden drawings to destroy him.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132 x 196 x 22mm | 299.38g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753817497
  • 9780753817490

Review quote

'This lyrical and mannered novel.' -- Georgia Metcalfe THE DAILY MAIL 'refreshingly modern in its minimalism, but also gorgeous with period colour and detail, it never wears its knowledge ostentatiously. It's a historical novel for people who turn up their noses at the genre.' THE GUARDIANshow more

About Kunal Basu

Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta but has spent much of his adult life in Canada and the USA. He currently teaches at Oxford and McGill universities.show more

Rating details

165 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 14% (23)
4 37% (61)
3 38% (62)
2 9% (15)
1 2% (4)
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