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The Raj Quartet, Volume 4

A Division of Spoils

After exploiting India’s divisions for years, the British depart in such haste that no one is prepared for the Hindu-Muslim riots of 1947. The twilight of the raj turns bloody. Against the backdrop of the violent partition of India and Pakistan, A Division of the Spoils illuminates one last bittersweet romance, revealing the divided loyalties of the British as they flee, retreat from, or cling to India.

See some excerpts from the volumes.

608 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1976

Phoenix Fiction



“Paul Scott’s vision is both precise and painterly. Like an engraver crosshatching I the illusion of fullness, he selects nuances that will make his characters take on depth and poignancy.”

Jean G. Zorn | New York Times Book Review

One of Stephen King's 10 favorite books!


“One has to admire Mr. Scott’s gifts as a buttonholing storyteller, and his rich, close-textured prose; his descriptions of action and of certain kinds of relationships are superb.”


“What has always astonished me about The Raj Quartet is its sense of sophisticated and total control of its gigantic scenario and highly varied characters. The four volumes constitute perfectly interlocking movement of a grand overall design. The politics are handled with an expertise that intrigues and never bores, and are always seen in terms of individuals.”

Peter Green | New Republic

Table of Contents

Book One: 1945
An Evening at the Maharanee’s
Journeys into Uneasy Distances
The Moghul Room
The Dak Bungalow
The Circuit House
Book Two: Pandora’s Box

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