Overview for Abandon: A Romance
John Macmillan is an Englishman in California studying Sufism, and in particular Rumi, the thirteenth-century Islamic mystic and at present best-selling poet in America. Travelling to Damascus, he hears rumours of a secret, heretical manuscript that might have escaped from Iran during the chaos of its Revolution, and, taking a message back to California, ends up encountering Camilla Jensen, an open if somewhat wayward Californian, who seems in some way connected to the world of fugitive texts. Following the trail of mystical poems through Spain and India to Iran, and trying to unravel the mystery that lies behind Camilla, John finds himself descending ever deeper into a world of passion and bewilderment. Then, suddenly, a manuscript appears, and Camilla disappears, leaving him closer to an understanding of some things, yet further from a real understanding of what is most important to him. Eerie and incandescent, Abandon displays Iyer's unique gift for showing the dance of dreams and desires and preconceptions that ensues when cultures collide.
Pico Iyer (Author)
Pico Iyer has been a writer for Time since 1982, and his articles appear often in Harperâ€™s, New York Review of Books, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Cond? Nast Traveler, and other publications on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. His published books include Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, Falling Off the Map, Cuba and the Night, The Global Soul, Tropical Classical and Abandon. Iyer divides his time between California and Japan.