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About the Author: Laurent Gaudé

Laurent Gaudé est un romancier et dramaturge français. Après d'être nommé pour le Prix Concourt 2002 avec La mort du roi Tsongor, il a gagné ce prix en 2004 pour son roman Le Soleil des Scorta.

He studied theater and has written many dramatic works, among them Onysos le furieux, Cendres sur les mains, Médée Kali, and Le Tigre bleu de l'Euphrate.
In 2002 he was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt for La Mort du roi Tsongor. Two years later, he won the prize for his novel The Scortas' Sun (French: Le Soleil des Scorta).

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Paperback, Published in Mar 2007 by Harper Perennial

ISBN10: 0007170289 | ISBN13: 9780007170289

The international prize-winning bestseller, from a hugely popular writer dubbed 'the darling of the booksellers by the French press. 'A magnificent fable about the blindness of war.' Elle for many years, he prepares to give his lovely daughter Samilia away to her official suitor, the prince of the Lands of Salt. The streets outside the palace are filled with rose petals, and gold cloth hangs from every window. But on the eve of the wedding, a lone, mysterious rider appears instead to claim Samilia's hand. Within days, two great nations prepare for a senseless conflict over a beautiful woman; and an old, sad King looks on as his world and his family fall apart...Bursting with colour and raw emotion, and embracing grand themes of loyalty, family, honour and war, Death of an Ancient King is like a lost fragment of a Greek tragedy. Told in a simple, hypnotic prose that gathers beauty with every page, this small, prize-winning jewel of a book is impossible to classify, but the richness of its achievement announces the arrival of a major new literary talent.

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