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Beigh Masters stumbles upon the records of a remote ancestor and discovers a remarkable woman related only by blood before a persistent investigation lends Beigh an unexpectedly intimate understanding. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. Tour.
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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."
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...."
Bharati Mukherjee is a professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Book Description Condition: New. In her luminous new novel, Bharati Mukherjee creates a vivid, complex tale about the dislocation and transformation that arise in the face of a meeting of cultures the terrain she has so brilliantly made her own in her acclaimed novels and stories. Here, in The Holder of the World, we witness an unlikely and intriguing meeting of two worlds, the Puritan American and the Mughal Indian. In a startling commingling of history and imagination, Mukherjee lights up the making and very nature of the American consciousness. This is the story of Hannah Easton, born in the American colonies in 1670, a person undreamed of in Puritan society . Inquisitive, vital, awake to her own sense of self and purpose, she is a spiritual aristocrat in an age of common believers . After traveling to Mughal India in the company of her husband, an English trader, Hannah sets her own course into the life and imagination of the country, translating herself into the Salem Bibi, the white consort of a Hindu raja. And it is the story of Beigh Masters, born in New England in the mid twentieth century, an asset hunter who stumbles on the scattered record of Hannah's life while tracking a legendary diamond. In Hannah, Beigh discovers a remote relative, and as she pieces together the details of Hannah's journeys, she begins to realize that their blood relation is only the most straightforward of the connections between them. In her belief that with sufficient passion and intelligence, we can deconstruct the barriers of time and geography , Beigh finds herself moving toward an almost unfathomably intimate grasp of Hannah's experience. And in turn, Hannah becomes a guide for Beigh across the tangled lines of Indiaand New England that gave Hannah's life its extraordinary shape and that begin now to reach across a rift three centuries wide into the fabric of Beigh's own life as well. In The Holder of the World we read an intricate, brilliantly rendered, constantly surprising mythology of time and. Seller Inventory # 9780394588469
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition stated 1993, first printing, matching dates on title and copyright pages, no previous printings listed. Signed by Author on ffep without inscription, no names. Softcover without DJ as issued in perfect slipcase. . Condition new, square tight and crisp book, spine not creased, no sunned, no edgewear, sharp corners, no markings of any kind, no names, no underlinings no highlights, no bent page corners, no foxing, not a reminder. 8vo, 285 pages. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 017611
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