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Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, as well as plays for both stage and screen. Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree is the first in a quartet of novels that trace the history of Islam. It has been translated into over a dozen languages and was awarded the Archbishop San Clemente del Insituto Rosalia de Castro Prize for the Best Foreign Language Fiction published in Spain in 1994. The other novels in this series, The Book of Saladin and The Stone Woman, are also available from Verso.
"Tariq Ali tells us the story of the aftermath of the fall of Granada by narrating a family sage of those who tried to survive after the collapse of their world. Particularly deft at evoking what life must have been like for those doomed inhabitants, besieged on all sides by intolerant Christendom. This is a novel that have something to say, and says it well." -- Guardian "Tariq Ali captures the humanity and splendour of Muslim Spain ... an enthralling story, unravelled with thrift and verve. Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree is quizzical as well as honest, informative as well as enjoyable, real history as well as fiction ... a book to be relished and devoured." -- Independent