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An Empty Room is the 1st e-book via the distinguished chinese language author Mu Xin to seem in English. A cycle of 13 tenderly evocative tales written whereas Mu Xin used to be residing in exile, this assortment is similar to the structural fantastic thing about Hemingway’s In Our Time and the imagistic strength of Kawabata’s palm-of-the-hand tales. From the normal (a bus twist of fate) to the bizarre (Buddhist halos) to the clever (Goethe, Lao Zi), Mu Xin’s wandering “I” interweaves plots with philosophical grace and religious profundity. A small blue bowl turns into a logo of vanishing youth; a painter in a race opposed to fading reminiscence scribbles
notes in an underground criminal throughout the Cultural Revolution; an deserted temple room holds a dismal secret. An Empty Room is a soul-stirring web page turner, a Sebaldian reverie of passing time, loss, and humanity regained.

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R. , 2005), pp. 90–92. 26. Izady, The Sharafnāma, pp. 130–32. 27. For her positive view of the fall of Baghdad as heralding a new beginning freed from the chains of the Arab past, see Fariba Zarinebaf-Shahr, “CrossCultural Contacts in Eurasia: Persianate Art in Ottoman Istanbul,” in History and Historiography of Post-Mongol Central Asia and the Middle East, edited by Judith Pfeiffer and Sholeh Quinn (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2006), pp. 529–41. 28. Juwaynī, Boyle translated, Genghis Khan: History of the World Conqueror, p.

Both Juwayni and Tusi served the same master, and records indicate that relations were good between them. 29 The idea that the brutality and bloodily exacting punishment and practices of the Mongols and their local allies might have horrified Juwayni is demonstrably shown to be hollow when the minister’s own practices as governor of Baghdad are considered. Ibn al-Fowati (pseudo), a chronicler of events in Baghdad, has detailed a year-byyear account of events in the city as they unfurled, recording everything from the weather to the arrival of ministers, from state visits by the Il-Khan to the various political intrigues which periodically rocked the city.

Juwayni’s impassioned account of Möngke and the expectations engendered by his enthronement go beyond the bounds of formal panegyrics and Persian flummery. His praise rings true and his adulation genuine. Juwayni was singing the praise of someone who would put an end to the situation where “every hireling [became] a minister, every knave [became] a wazir”56 had become the norm. Nor does Juwayni hold back in his condemnation of what had occurred before Möngke’s enthronement and the shameful situation into which Khorasan in particular had sunk.

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