By Salman Rushdie
Title note: unique name: The Enchantress of Florence
A Feiticeira de Florença é a história de uma mulher que procura ser senhora do seu próprio destino num mundo de homens. Irmana duas cidades que quase não se conhecem: a hedonista capital mogol, onde o inteligente imperador se debate diariamente com questões de crenças, desejos e a traição dos filhos, e o mundo florentino, igualmente sensual, de poderosos cortesãos, filosofia humanista e desumana tortura.
Estes dois mundos, tão distantes, acabam por se revelar estranhamente semelhantes, e ambos são dominados pelos encantamentos das mulheres.
Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2008)
Críticas de imprensa
« “A Feiticeira de Florença” é um festim exótico, supra abundante, coberto de ouro e pedrarias, tão vertiginoso como cómico, tão inventivo, irreal e irónico como os contos da Mil e Uma Noites. [ ... Rushdie] leva-nos aos sonhos e visões de muitos séculos, desde a magnificência das cidades italianas do Renascimento e dos feitos dos Médicis e dos Sforzas; às naus das Índias e ao naufrágio de Camões, do Al-Andaluz à Pérsia, numa infindável viagem de memórias exóticas e surreais.»
Helena Vasconcelos, Público
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The SS man watched him discreetly from near by. He came toward the visitor, and the visitor rose and gave the Nazi salute. This one introduced himself as “Oberst von Horn,” and Lanny said, “Herr Budd,” and bowed. ” but that would have been rude, and when you are dealing with a haughty person you are as rude as he, but no ruder. ” There was a duel of the eyes; Lanny stared straight into a cold blue Prussian pair, and wondered what they were making of a brown American pair. I am under strict orders to give no information except to Marshal von Kesselring or General von Rintelen.