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Combining shrewd observations with painstaking historical research from his journey to a small village in Egypt, Ghosh serves up skeptics and holy men, merchants and sorcerers. Some imagined, some real, all emerge as vividly as the characters in a great novel. In An Antique Land is an inspired work that transcends genres as deftly as it does eras.
"A remarkable book...a hybrid of history, cultural investigation and travelogue...Tracing the foosteps of Bomma, a 12th-century Indian slave, his Jewish master and their merchant friends, across a medieval itinerary that links the eastern Mediterranean with the western shores of India, Mr. Ghosh also offers an enchanting, subtle glimpse into ordinary life in contemporary rural Egypt, in a manner that at times rivals anything by the masters of social realism in modern Egyptian literature."--The New York Times Book Review