In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
Granta Books; 2nd edition edition (5 Jan. 2012)
Soft Cover, 400 pages
In an Antique Land is a subversive history in the guise of a traveler's tale. When the author stumbles across a slave narrative in the margins of an ancient text, his curiosity is piqued. What follows is a ten year search, which brings author and slave together across 800 hundred years of colonial history. Bursting with anecdote and exuberant detail, it offers a magical, intimate biography of the private life of a country, Egypt, from the Crusades to Operation Desert Storm.