Set in the war-torn world of Mughal India and first published in the gathering darkness of the 1930s, the three novels collected in The Root and the Flower are stories of intrigue, murder, and romance; of Tantric abandonment and Buddhist renunciation; of emotional delirium and spiritual adventure. This enthralling visionary trilogy is, as Penelope Fitzgerald remarks in her introduction, a "strange masterpiece," and one of the unsung glories of modern literature.
About The Root and the Flower
Set in the war-torn world of Mughal India and ﬁrst published in the gathering darkness of the 1930s, The Root and the Flower is an epic story of intrigue, murder, and romance; of Tantric abandonment and Buddhist renunciation; of emotional delirium and spiritual adventure. The cast of characters includes Hari, a reckless and passionate warrior; Sita, in love with both Hari and her husband Amar, a prince who wishes to forsake the world but is increasingly drawn into a bloody political struggle; and Sita and Amar’s son Jali, whose precocious encounters with sex and violence threaten him with madness.
At once a dream of India and a vision of a world riven by political, ethnic, and religious conﬂicts, The Root and the Flower is a work of great range and singular poetic beauty. It is, in Penelope Fitzgerald’s words, a “strange masterpiece,” and one of the unsung glories of modern literature.
“His philosophy, if it can be called so, or his sense of religious awe, seeps into the emotional life of his characters unawares. . . it puts this book far above those of his contemporaries…. For that matter we can scarcely think of a more valuable book, and fortunately enough, a more readable book.” —The New York Times
“The writing throughout has a quiet distinction that leaves no room for the mannerisms of the self-conscious stylist, and matches to perfection the spontaneous refinement of Mr. Myers’s thought.” —Times Literary Supplement
“An exciting exotic adventure story… A remarkable work of imagination.” —Iris Murdoch
“… Once you read the trilogy, the world is never quite the same again.” —Spectator
“… A unique work; there is nothing like it in the field of English fiction…. The prevailing impression it leaves is one of beauty.” —L.P. Hartley