The Scribe lives in a town on the frontiers of Central Asia.
This is a world of spies and scholars, clerics and quacks, generals and princesses, of thefts, intrigues, miracles and murders.
A world where every act is fuelled on paper, for without it nothing - diplomacy, commerce, art, even love - is possible.
This ambitious Scribe feverishly dreams of writing his masterpiece. And before he can begin he feels he must find the perfect paper, a paper unimaginably beautiful, as pure as the mountain snows.
But there is a crisis looming. The ancient practice of paper-making is in decline, and the European paper - factory made - is scarce and expensive.
In the isolated mountain town, which has become the scene of a power struggle, paper is more necessary than ever.
The Scribe sets off on a quest that sends him from mosque to palace, from citadel to marketplace, in hot pursuit of straw and rag reams from the past, of wood-pulp paper of the present, and towards the shimmering pages of the future.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/11/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747576600