The King of India
The story of a Lebanese murder case set against the backdrop of sectarian animosity
Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction
In mysterious circumstances, the body of Zakaria Mubarak is found in an orchard on the outskirts of his village of Tel Safra in northern Lebanon. He had just returned from a long exile in Europe, the US, and Africa, carrying with him a painting by Marc Chagall, the "Blue Violinist," a gift from his girlfriend in Paris. Suspicion falls on the cousins, who may have killed him to get their hands on a treasure supposedly buried underneath the house built by their grandmother when she returned from America.
As investigator Abu Khalid wrestles with conflicting evidence surrounding Zakaria's death, he is drawn into a picture of the victim's life, one that recalls fables of gold, sibling strife, the love of French women, false promises of revolution, and the corruption and sectarian enmities that have plagued their homeland.
A riveting meditation on the riddle of a crime, Paula Haydar's eloquent translation pays fitting homage to a compassionate, guiding light of Lebanese fiction.
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