The Stone Woman is the third novel of Tariq Ali's "Islam Quartet." Like its predecessors - Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree and The Book of Saladin - its power lies both in the story-telling and the challenge it poses to stereotyped images of life under Islam.
This book is the third novel of Ali's Islam quartet, and is the fictional history of the Pasha family, which mirrors the turbulence and growing degeneration of the Empire. Like its predecessors, its power lies in its lyrical story-telling and the challenges it poses to Islamic stereotypes.
"Tales of anguish, longing, lust and lvoe all find their way to The Stone Woman ? Ali paints a vivid picture of a fading world." - New York Times Book Review "A richly woven tapestry that, even before its completion, merits comparison with Naguib Mahfouz's celebrated Cairo Trilogy. A great work in progress." - Kirkus Reviews "Ali spins a web of tales that is as inventive and fantastical as the Arabian nights." - The Times "... an Eastern Magic Mountain." - London Review of Books "This Chekhov-like scenario of intense emotion within a creaking social structure constructs a rich picture of history and the way we think about history." - Times Literary Supplement
Tariq Ali is a writer and film-maker. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, five novels, and scripts for both stage and screen. The first novel of the Islam Quintet, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, was awarded the Archbishop San Clemente del Instituto Rosalia deCastro Prize for Best Foreign Language Fiction published in Spain in 1994 and, like The Book of Saladin, has been translated into several languages.