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. 35,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
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.
Obsessed with the teachings of Sufism, John Macmillan, an English graduate student studying in California, follows the trail of some ancient Islamic manuscripts on a vain search that brings him to an encounter with the enigmatic Camilla Jensen.
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