Arabic rights to Dar al-Kutub
Set in the 15th century, it is, at heart, the tale of conquest and clashing civilizations – the story of a Russian prince and a pagan chieftain, each unable to retreat from his nemesis, both crushed on the wheel of history, both destined to seek an impossible victory over one another and find it in tragedy and betrayal at the cost of their soul.
It was compared to Lord of the Rings and Beowulf; but one could rather say Shogun and Clan of the Cave Bear.
„An inimitable master of historical storytelling. His visionary way of writing about the past gives the reader the sense of being a participant in or witness of large-scale historical events, yet at the same time feeling very close to the novel’s protagonists. He unfolds a colourful, realistic large tableau of an epoch while managing to also portray deeply intimate, private moments in the lives of his characters. Frankly, I don’t know how he does it. He is a writer of enormous, magical talent.“