Press Release: Kim
Introduced by Jan Morris
Illustrated by Oliver Hurst
‘No summary can do this marvellous, rich and unforgettable novel anything like justice’
A panoramic portrait of India, and instrumental in winning him the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature, Kim is Kipling’s greatest novel. Accompanied by nine evocative illustrations from award-winning artist Oliver Hurst, this Folio edition beautifully conveys the adventurous tone of the novel. The slipcase shows the symbol – a ‘Red Bull on a green field’ – that guides Kim’s quest.
When finished, Kipling said it had grown ‘like a Djinn released’. It is a love letter to the sub-continent, depicting it as a place of inexhaustible life force and vast human, geographic and spiritual variety; but is also a gripping story of espionage and counter-espionage. Above all, it is the story of an ophan boy growing up to become a master spy – all the while seeking to answer the question ‘Who is Kim?’
The orphaned son of an Irish soldier stationed in India, Kimball O’Hara has grown up indistinguishable from the street urchins of Lahore. Raised to believe that a great destiny awaits him, he befriends a Tibetan lama and joins him on his quest to free himself from ‘the Wheel of Things’ and discover the ‘River of the Arrow’. But, as their journey progresses, Kim finds himself caught up in the shadowy conflicts between the empires of Britain and Russia – the Great Game.
Jan Morris’s introduction traces the influences behind Kim, from spiritualism to Don Quixote, and praises this ‘wise, complex and kindly masterpiece’ written by a great artist at the height of his powers.
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Pastonchi. 320 pages. 9 colour illustrations.
Blocked slipcase. 9½˝ x 6¼˝.
UK £29.95 US $49.95 Can $59.95 Aus $62.95
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