River of Ink

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'An extraordinary debut . River of Ink is what historical fiction should be: immersive, illuminating and captivating' The TimesFrom his humble village beginnings, Asanka has risen to the prestigious position of court poet in the great island kingdom of Lanka, delighting in a life of ease. But when the ruthless Kalinga Magha violently usurps the throne, Asanka's world is changed beyond imagination. To his horror, the king tasks him with the translation of an epic poem designed to civilise his subjects and snuff out the fires of rebellion. Asanka has always believed that poetry makes nothing happen, but as lines on the page become cries in the street he learns that true power lies not at the point of a sword, but in the tip of a pen.
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ISBN-13: 9781408862292
ISBN-10: 1408862298
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


A literary historical fantasy set in ancient Sri Lanka, River of Ink will capture the imaginations of those who loved My Name is Red, Game of Thrones and The Song of Achilles

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Paul Cooper was born in south London and grew up in Cardiff, Wales. He was educated at the University of Warwick and UEA, and after graduating he left for Sri Lanka to work as an English teacher, where he took time to explore the ruins both ancient and modern. He has written for magazines, websites and also worked as an archivist, editor and


An extraordinary debut . Paul M.M. Cooper is writer of real talent . River of Ink is what historical fiction should be: immersive, illuminating and captivating
Potent, beautiful and wholly absorbing, Cooper's portrait of a reluctant revolutionary had me in thrall from its first chapter. A wonderful, memorable debut
Cooper endows his work with persuasive historical accuracy and detail, but the "juice" of his own work is the intensely poetic quality of his prose . There is enough astonishing quality in this first novel for us to hope that Cooper will soon produce another
It isn't easy to write about the past with both a hesitant watchfulness and a calm assurance, to make it vivid and strange and yet also, in a fundamental way, ours, but that's exactly what Paul Cooper has achieved - with considerable aplomb - in River of Ink
Masterly . A powerful and timely fable about freedom, resistance and the secret might of the weak
Vivid and compelling
A striking first novel from an author with a rare skill for deploying heavy research with a light touch, for revelling in the seductive possibilities of style without losing sight of narrative drive, and for making profound points while also delivering first-rate entertainment. Paul M.M Cooper's own pen is certainly a formidable weapon, and it will be exciting to see him wield it again in years to come
In his first novel, Cooper vividly reconstructs a long-buried society and, creates in Asanka - a coward reluctantly forced into acts of courage - a likeable, multifaceted narrator
A highly accomplished debut: Cooper's writing glides from moments of grace and beauty to pure horror in this enthralling novel
River of Ink is an outstanding novel from a very talented debut author ... Cooper's name has the potential to become synonymous with historical literature ... He has done something which all good authors must do: he has written a novel that transcends the page and continues to exist in mind of the reader