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The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Enchantress of Florence begins with a European visitor calling himself Mogor dell'Amore (the Mughal of Love) arriving at the court of Emperor Akbar, the 16th-century Grand Mughal, in the ancient city of Sikri. He claims to be the son of Qara Koz, a kinswoman of the emperor who had been captured by an Uzbek warlord and eventually made her way to Florence. She's an enchantress known for her beauty and is the lover of Argalia, commander of the armies of the Ottoman Sultan. Mogor, who also goes by other names, may or may not be related to Akbar, but the stories he tells of a foreign land are spellbinding. Salman Rushdie's historical romp has received mostly positive reviews with The Telegraph saying, "The Enchantress of Florence is, in the best sense of the word, childish fiction for adults: a welcome splash of bright colour; Rushdie, a virtuoso in poster-paint."