In ‘The Bird King,’ the Spanish inquisition sets a fantastical plot in motion – The Washington Post

In “The Bird King,” a novel that begins with considerable promise, G. Willow Wilson whips up a head-spinning blend of realism, fantasy and history. The novel opens in the court of Granada (the last, weakened emirate of Muslim Spain), where a young woman in the sultan’s harem, Fatima, covertly visits a palace mapmaker, Hassan. To allay their boredom, the two friends play at completing the story of a literary classic, “The Conference of the Birds,” of which the palace owns only a partial manuscript.
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