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Published: 01.1970


The Grand Vizier Of The Night

Awarded the Prix Femina in 1981, a timeless drawn from the Arabian nights

Over ten consecutive evenings Ahmed recounts of his master's life. The story is so powerful and the effect on his listeners so strong, Ahmed is named The Grand Vizier of the Night...
Set in the Islamic Empire in 785 AD, a tale of power, war, love and religion unfolds. It begins with Harun-al-Rashid becoming Caliph of the Empire. Harry soon falls in love with a Persian man, Ja'far, but is devastated to realize Ja'far is one love with the Caliph's sister, Abassa. Harun allows the couple to marry, but forbids the consummation of the marriage. His order is defied and Abassa soon gives birth to twins. They have betrayed their master and will suffer consequences.
Catherine Hermary-Vieille explores life in the Islamic court and the traditional rites of marriage and religion. The Grand Vizier of the Night - reissued a quarter of a century after Quarter Books first published the book in English - delves on the human condition.

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