By Mark Frutkin
This magical new novel via Governor normal and Trillium Prize nominee Mark Frutkin, set in thirteenth century Venice and Cathay, is a blinding fresco of shimmering language, brimming with golden tableaus of arid deserts and cobblestone alleys, the wafting odor of cardomin and the paranormal trill of a praying friar. it's the tale of Marco Polo as he's approximately to set sail on an hard and long pilgrimage along with his father, uncle and devoted consultant around the sun-soaked silk course, the wealthy direction of the carpet-makers and the black seas of the Indian Ocean.
Doggedly pursued by way of a vengeful murderer of the Venetian Doge, Marco is keen to reach within the promised land of the potent Kublai Khan and take pleasure in the security provided via his royal legions. yet whereas having fun with the myths of the recent land, Polo is haunted via the ordinary visual appeal of a winged lion which lurks in the back of his desires and roams the palace of his middle. Even upon his go back to Venice, a naval conflict and seize through their rival Genoa, at the same time he languishes in an enemy reformatory phone recounting his trials to an incredulous inmate, there's regularly the pulse of the lion.
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