Enchantress Of Florence Analysis

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This study is posing a re-reading of The Enchantress of Florence, the fictional fantasy created by the most controversial and talked-about novelist of the present, Salman Rushdie. This work makes a clear suggestion that its author worked really hard to assume an in-depth knowledge about the past politics of both the hemispheres. The unusual inclusion of a bibliography at the end of the novel points towards this direction. Such a great span of effort necessitates the adoption of a different style too. Various themes and seemingly incomprehensible logics have to be made acceptable to the reader. So, the magical worlds of the fables as well as the luxurious settings of the ancient Mughal Empire are manipulated simultaneously to create an impression in the readers’ minds.
The usual monologic narrative techniques are inadequate to represent the fluctuating realities in this work. So, Rushdie turns to the experimental method of polyphony and this proves to be a great success. Polyphony, the term received originally from music, denotes a particular “type of musical texture, where a texture is, generally speaking, the way that melodic, rhythmic and harmonic aspects of a musical composition are combined to shape the overall sound and quality of the work” (wikipedia.org). Mikhail Bakhtin, the author of Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics argues that the polyphony may occur in literature too. There it appears in the form of multiple voices. He illustrates this using the works of

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