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Abandon: A Romance

Pico Iyer (Author)
Synopsis John Macmillan is an Englishman in California studying Sufism, and in particular Rumi, the thirteenth-century Islamic mystic and at present the best-selling poet in America. Traveling to Damascus, he hears rumors 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. Abandon is a mystical romance in the classic Persian tradition brought into the bleached sunlight of Southern California today. But it is also an unexpected and distinctive look at the clash between Islam and the west, at a time when Los Angeles is partly run by Iranian exiles and the long-closed cities of Iran are slowly opening up to westerners. Eerie and incandescent, Abandon displays Iyer's unique gift for showing the dance of dreams and desires and preconceptions that ensues when cultures collide.
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About the author

Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer has been a writer for Time since 1982, and his articles appear often in Harper’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.

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Title Abandon: A Romance
Author Pico Iyer
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143031546
length 359p.