Abandon by Pico Iyer

By Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer's intoxicating new novel is immediately a trendy highbrow secret and a pulse-quickening love story--the love in query being instantaneously sacred and profane.

John Macmillan, a classically reticent Englishman who has moved to California to check the poems of the Sufi mystic Rumi, unexpectedly turns into focused on both soaking up quests. the 1st is for a mysterious Rumi manuscript which can were smuggled out of Iran; the second one for the elusive Camilla Jensen, who regularly deals herself to him in basic terms to continually slip from his take hold of. Are those quests by some means comparable? and will Macmillan provide himself over to them with out wasting his occupation and identity?

Moving deftly from California academia to the mosques of Iran, packed with insights into the minds of Islam and the trendy West, Abandon is a magic carpet-ride of a publication.

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Mondes effacés, Paris, JC Lattès, p. 269. Le Poids de la Croix, Flammarion, 1991, p. 401. 10 35 Par l’évocation des légendes, Kadaré contribue également à préserver la culture traditionnelle dont le Pouvoir souhaitait la disparition, et associe, ce qui lui tient à coeur, les chants de son pays à la mythologie grecque. Les légendes ne sont pas, dans son œuvre, un simple thème folklorique. Elles ont un véritable caractère emblématique du système politique que forgea le dictateur albanais Enver Hoxha.

408. 31 Idem, p. 338. 27 49 L`éditeur connaît l`importance du thème dans l`ensemble des écrits d`Istrati et elle reprend (dans la préface qui accompagne le récit, faisant ainsi œuvre de translation littéraire32, de révélation d`une œuvre étrangère au public-cible) quelques lignes d`une lettre qu`Istrati adresse à Romain Rolland à ce sujet : Les haïdoucs ont été en Roumanie, du temps des occupations turques et grecques, de jeunes hommes révoltés par l` oppression. Ils quittaient les villages, gagnaient les forêts, armés, approvisionnés et encouragés par toute la population.

9. Ce sont surtout les traductions en français de Kadaré qui ont servi de base pour les traductions vers les autres langues de cet auteur, en réalisant un transfert triangulaire très efficace. Toutes ces traductions ont rendu les mythes, les contes, les légendes et les pensées magiques qui abondent dans l’œuvre de Kadaré. Kadaré lui-même explique cette présence mythologique après coup en disant : L’Albanie se défaisait sous nos yeux. Telle une icône vermoulue, elle vieillissait jour après jour, se défigurait, s’étiolait.

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