The Hand of Fatima
Snared between two cultures and two loves, one man is forced to choose&1564, the Kingdom of Granada. After years of Christian oppression, the Moors take arms against their masters and daub the white houses of Sierra Nevada with the blood...
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Snared between two cultures and two loves, one man is forced to choose&1564, the Kingdom of Granada. After years of Christian oppression, the Moors take arms against their masters and daub the white houses of Sierra Nevada with the blood of their victims.Caught in the conflict is young Hernando, the son of an Arab woman who was raped by a Christian priest. Despised by the townsfolk and by his own stepfather for his atainteda heritage, he is banished to live in the stables and becomes an expert muleteer. When Hernando meets Fatima, a beautiful girl with black eyes, she becomes the love of his life. But his stepfather accuses Hernando of Christian sympathies and condemns him to slavery. Then news reaches Hernando that Fatima has been murdered. In despair, he embarks on a plan to unite the two warring faiths - and the two halves of his identity...A breath-taking epic of good and evil, of love and hate, of dreams dashed and hopes regained, Ildefonso Falconesa story of the Arab-Christian conflict brims with historical detail and unforgettable characters and reflects the authoras celebrated passion for rich historical detail and his flair for story-telling.
1564, Granada. The Moors have unsuccessfully tried to rise up against their Christian oppressors who have painted the town with the blood of their victims. Hernando, a young Arab with a Christian father, is despised by the townsfolk and by his own step-father for his 'tainted' heritage and is banished to live in the stables. Hernando finds comfort in his affinity with the horses and becomes an expert muleteer. News of his special touch reaches the King of the Moors and he is appointed to fight the Christian troops sent by the Spanish King Philip II. Soonafter he meets Fatima, a young girl with black eyes who will become the love of his life. But his brutal step-father weds her instead and forces Hernando into slavery. With the help of his Christian friends, Hernando hatches a grand plan to reconcile the two warring faiths - and the two halves of his identity...
Ildefonso Falcones' first novel, Cathedral of the Sea became a publishing legend with over a million copies sold in Spain alone. It has since been published in over forty countries, becoming a European bestseller. In his latest blockbuster, The Hand of Fatima, Falcones is marking the four hundredth anniversary of the expulsion of the Moors from 17th Century Spain. Falcones is a practising lawyer in Barcelona where he lives with his wife and four sons.