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The Crimson Throne (Delhi: Viking-Penguin, 2010)

Italian translation (Milan: Neri Pozza,2011)


From Reviews

Kakar's own depth of understanding of the human mind and of every varied character in The Crimson Throne , together with his skill as a story teller, makes this such a convincing and outstanding novel.
India Today

It is the economy of the overall narrative, rife with little miniatures of insight, that makes the book a wonderfully sensual read... A wonderful effort and welcome read.

High up on my must-read list of a handful of Indian authors is Sudhir Kakar... The Crimson Throne is Sudhir Kakar at his best.
Khushwant Singh in Outlook

..well-crafted historical novel on the power struggle among Shah Jahan's sons... Those looking for a great story will find it in The Crimson Throne.. rivetting reading.
Times of India

The author has... conjured up an enthralling panorama of an empire in crisis. It presents a vivid picture of the life and culture of the Mughal elite, at a time when the empire was past its Akbarean glory.
The Week

The Crimson Throne with its plethora of details offers us a veritable picture of the Mughal period along with the gory reflections of father-son-brother relationships.
The Statesman

The Crimson Throne offers a keenly intelligent, detailed and eminently readable account of Shah Jahan's last years.
Asian Age

Kakar has written a truly superb novel about the goings-on in the court of Shah Jahan towards the end of his reign.
Business Line

A masterful piece of work by a renowned writer and psychoanalyst of international repute.
Afternoon Despatch & Courier

...an enchanting storyteller..an enthralling mélange of an empire in crisis...It is lusciously imagined fiction, by far Kakar's finest.