The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist

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Author: Kunal Basu
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 245
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143029711


Politics and passion fill the pages of Kunal Basu’s exquisite new novel, a richly imagined tale as detailed and sumptuous as the paintings it evokes.

Bihzad is the most gifted and the most wayward member in the royal workshop, the son of the chief artist at the court of Akbar, the Great Mughal. When the emperor decides to move the court from Agra to his new capital at Fatehpur Sikri, he takes the brilliant young man with him. Everyone expects that he will one day inherit his father’s position.

But Bihzad’s glittering career is brought to an abrupt end by an unpardonable crime born of unrequited love. Banished from Hindustan, he will return years later, penniless and blind, to paint his last picture: a portrait of the dying emperor, Akbar, who had cast him out of his empire and his heart.


The Opium Clerk is a first novel of rare assurance…Basu’s evocative descriptions conjure the magic and the heartbreak of the East… It is a phantasmagoric world, rich in stories, visions and dreams.

-Times Literary Supplement

This is a story of many journeys, real and metaphysical. The reader is seized by a fascinated restlessness. Basu weaves a winding tale crowded with vividly imagined moments, strange encounters, fleeting conversations and lovingly chosen detail.

-The Telegraph

Never short of enthralling…(An) accomplished fusion of hop-heads, yarns and the sins of the Empire.

-Independent on Sunday