From the Holy Mountain : A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium
by William Dalrymple
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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A rich blend of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, laced with the thread of black comedy familiar to William Dalrymple’s readers from the previous work.In AD 587, two monks, Jean Moschos and Sophrone, the Sophist, embarked on an extraordinary journey throughout the Byzantine world, from the banks of the Bosporus to the sandy dunes of Egypt.Their goal: to gather the wisdom of the wise men and mystics of the Byzantine East before their fragile and broken world by virtue of the eruption of Islam.Nearly 1500 years later, using the writings of Jean Moschos as his guide, William Dalrymple began to retrace their footsteps.Taken in a civil war in Turkey, in the ruins of Beirut, the tensions of the West Bank and a fundamentalist uprising in Egypt, William Dalrymple’s account is a moving elegy to the agony of the civilization of Eastern Christianity.
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