Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree
In the first novel of Tariq Ali’s Islamic Quintet the story of the aftermath of the fall of Granada is told by narrating a family sage of those who tried to survive after the collapse of their world. Ali is particularly deft at evoking what life must have been like for those doomed inhabitants, besieged on all sides by intolerant Christendom.
‘An enthralling story, unraveled 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.’ – The Independent
‘This is a novel that have something to say, and says it well.’ – The Guardian