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Tania James' debut novel Atlas of Unknowns was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and was shortlist... Read More

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Tania James' debut novel Atlas of Unknowns was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian literature. She has also written the short-story collection Aerogrammes, and her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing, and One Story. The Tusk That Did the Damage was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Abbas is just seventeen years old when his gifts as a woodcarver come to the attention of Tipu Sultan. He is drawn into service at the palace to build a giant tiger automaton for Tipu’s sons, a gift to commemorate their return from British captivity. His fate—and the fate of the wooden tiger—will mirror the vicissitudes of nations and dynasties ravaged by war across India and Europe.

Working alongside the legendary French clockmaker Lucien du Leze, Abbas hones his craft, learns French, and meets Jehanne, the daughter of a French expatriate. When Du Leze is finally permitted to return home to Rouen, he invites Abbas to come along as his apprentice. But by the time Abbas travels to Europe, Tipu’s palace has been looted by British forces, and the tiger automaton has disappeared. To prove himself, Abbas must retrieve the tiger from an estate in the English countryside, where it is displayed as a part of a collection of plundered art.

A spellbinding historical novel set in the eighteenth century: a hero’s quest, a love story, the story of a young artist coming of age, and an exuberant heist adventure that traces the bloody legacy of colonialism across two continents and fifty years.

A novel of wonder and terror and beauty — I was completely captivated by it.Loot is a feast—a hugely fun novel with a delicious plot that offers delights and profundities in equal measure. Each chapter of this sprint across the world serves stunning truths about circumstance and ambition, love and sacrifice, and the fickleness of victory. I devoured this book, and remain in awe of what Tania James has created.Loot held me spellbound from the first page. This is an expertly-plotted, deeply affecting novel about war, displacement, emigration, and an elusive mechanical tiger.Addictively absorbing.Through transporting prose, and with wit and charm, Loot asks who gets written out of history and why.Amid this banquet of food for thought, Loot delivers a good old-fashioned yarn full of intrigue, adventure, romance, and surprises.

Product Details

Title: Loot
Author: Tania James
SKU: BK0486064
EAN: 9780670099566

About Author

Tania James' debut novel Atlas of Unknowns was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian literature. She has also written the short-story collection Aerogrammes, and her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Freeman’s: The Future of New Writing, and One Story. The Tusk That Did the Damage was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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