The Gardens of Light
By (author) Amin Maalouf
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Gardens of Light by Amin Maalouf
Book DescriptionBorn in a Mesopotamian village in the third century, the son of a Parthian warrior, Mani grows up in a volatile and dangerous world. As battle rages for control over the Middle East between the great Roman and Persian empires, as Jews and Christians, Buddhists and Zoroastrians fight for ascendency, Mani- painter, mystic, physician and prophet- makes his way through the battlefields to preach to his incandescent doctrine of humility, tolerance and love, a doctrine that comes to be known as Manicheanism. A vivid glimpse of the ancient world in all its perfumed splendour and cruelty, an elegantly philosophical discourse on the fall of man, THE GARDENS OF LIGHT is a story of great beauty and resonance, exquisitely told.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349108711
(197mm x 132mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 4-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Amin Maalouf
Disordered World, Paperback (August 2012)
Tranlsated from the French by George Miller A dazzling and ultimately hopeful exploration and analysis of our disordered and volatile post-9/11 world by one of the leading international writers and thinkers of our times.
In the Name of Identity, Paperback / softback (March 2012)
An award-winning author explores why so many people commit crimes in the name of identity. "Makes for compelling reading in America today."--"The New York Times."
Origins, Paperback / softback (June 2009)
"Origins," by the world-renowned writer Maalouf, is a sprawling, hemisphere-spanning, inter-generational saga. This work is at once a gripping family chronicle and a timely consideration of Lebanese culture and politics.
Balthasar's Odyssey, Paperback (September 2003)» View all books by Amin Maalouf
In the Koran, there are 99 names for God. Does the 100th exist? Months before the dawn of the apocalyptic "year of the beast", 1666, Balthasar Embriaco, a Genoese Levantine merchant embarks on a quest to find the answer. He sets out on a journey that will take him across the breadth of the civilized world.
US Kirkus Review » A fine meditative historical novel from the internationally acclaimed Lebanese author of Samarkand (1996) and The Rock of Tanios (1994). This obviously scrupulously researched story focuses on the life, mission, and martyrdom of Mani, the third century A.D. prophet (of Manichaeanism) and mystic whose ethically centered philosophy featured a fusion of Buddhism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. The narrative is intermittently discursive, but Maalouf's sympathetic renderings of Mani's tribulations in his Persian homeland and in India, climaxing with his betrayal by the successor of an indulgent monarch, are suffused with a (nicely translated) dramatic lyricism that may remind many readers of the best work of the late Nikos Kazantzakis. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Amin Maalouf
Amin Maalouf is Lebanese and was formerly director of the weekly international edition of the Beirut daily 'an-Nahar' and editor in chief of 'Jeune Afrique.' His novel THE ROCK OF TANIOS won the Prix Goncourt prize. Dorothy S. Blair is a critic and translator of many French books.
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