02 June 2010
My name is Red
A more comprehensive review (and one that I liked) is here.
Am making a very, very brief note, of course:
The tussle between tradition and individuality or the attack of Western influence is at the heart of the book. So, is a murder mystery, that is weaved through till the very end.
But tradition, too, originated once perhaps as a streak of individuality and then got institutionalized. The fear that the chief royal miniaturist shows in the book towards the Western trend of portraiture, is the age-old fear against anything new that has the potential to shake up your world.
It got me thinking about the place of art in Islam. I’d love to do further reading on this. Any suggestions?