Description - Ararat by Frank Westerman
Ararat is a breathtaking journey along the fault-line between religion and science, a pilgrimage by a non-believer that takes Frank Westerman to Mount Ararat where, as biblical tradition has it, Noah s ark ran aground and God made his covenant with mankind. Mount Ararat in Armenia is now a geographical, political and cultural crossroads, bound up with the centuries-old history of warfare between different cultures in this region. As Westerman stands at its foot it poses both a physical and a religious challenge- where is the God from my children s bible? Who or what has taken his place? Can one free oneself of a religious upbringing? He meets geologists, priests, and, on the mountain s high slopes, an expedition in search of the Ark s remains. And also a Russian astronaut who observes that there is something between heaven and earth about which we humans know nothing . And it always comes down to this- would I, would we when death seems imminent, perhaps invoke a higher power? Ararat is a dazzling, highly personal book about science, religion and all that lies between, by one of Europe s most celebrated young writers of non-fiction.
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(220mm x 144mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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Author Biography - Frank Westerman
Frank Westerman was born in 1964 and lives in Amsterdam. He is the author of five books. His work has been published in more than ten languages and has won many prizes.