Tell Them Of Battles, Kings And Elephants BEST MEMOIR
Mathias Enard Fitzcarraldo Editions €13.25
In 1506 a young Michelangelo, worn down by intrigue and his employer the Pope, travels to Constantinople to design a bridge. There he finds inspiration in a cosmopolitan city and is seduced by an androgynous singer; what he doesn’t realise is that some of the Sultan’s court will stop at nothing to stop his project. In a compelling tale with a credible basis in fact, Enard evokes the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire and the frustration of a genius in thrall to powerful rulers.