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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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Synopsis:

Obsessed with the teachings of Sufism, John Macmillain, an English graduate student studying in California, follows the trail of some rumored ancient Islamic manuscripts on a vain search that brings him back empty- handed to California and to an encounter with Camilla Jensen, an enigmatic and elusive young woman. Reprint. 17,000 first printing.

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Pico Iyer is the author of several books about the romance between cultures, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, Cuba and the Night and, most recently, The Global Soul. He lives in suburban Japan.

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ISBN:
9780307424594
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Iyer, Pico
Author:
Pico Iyer
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
British
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
California
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Religion : Islam - Sufi
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040413
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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Product details 368 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307424594 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Obsessed with the teachings of Sufism, John Macmillain, an English graduate student studying in California, follows the trail of some rumored ancient Islamic manuscripts on a vain search that brings him back empty- handed to California and to an encounter with Camilla Jensen, an enigmatic and elusive young woman. Reprint. 17,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Pico Iyer is the author of several books about the romance between cultures, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, Cuba and the Night and, most recently, The Global Soul. He lives in suburban Japan.
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