A Feiticeira de Florença by Salman Rushdie

By Salman Rushdie

Title note: unique identify: The Enchantress of Florence
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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.

Literary Awards
Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2008)

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« “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.»
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He pulled again but without success. Will Northaway and the Quest for Liberty 53 Before long his hands were raw, and his upper arms trembled with the effort. “Why, the last boy could lift a bucket single-handedly,” someone said. “Sure he could. I remember the time he swabbed the deck in less than an hour, and even Mr. ” “That’s right. A fine boy he was. We’ll never find one to match him—and surely not in this puny lad we have here. ” The taunts went on until Mr. Mattison, hearing the raised voices, strolled over from the helm where he had been taking measurements for the ship’s log.

And I wouldn’t say he is a soft man . . ” He shrugged, not seeming to mind the insult. “That may be, and yet I won’t allow liars on board this ship. ” Will took a deep breath while he thought about how much to say. ” Will had the strange feeling that Mr. Mattison could read his thoughts. It was a new feeling and one he didn’t care for, but he didn’t dare lie. “They said I had robbed a lord . . but I didn’t . . I swear. ” Will hadn’t really thought about it before, but the answer was clear. “’Cause who’d care about me?

He yelled. “This lad needs a way over. ” When the men nodded, Will clambered onto the barge, finding a seat amidst the cargo. He gave a halfhearted wave to Tommy, who nodded from the wharf. “It’ll be fine, Will Northaway. ” Will squeezed between barrels and crates, being careful to keep out of the way of the oarsmen. He huddled down as it began to rain, feeling the drops soak through his shirt. As the barge reached the side of the ship, he realized how big it was. Even loaded with cargo and sitting low in the water, her sides dwarfed the little barge.

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