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Giardini di luce. La storia di Mani, il profeta della fratellanza… (original 1991; edition 2001)
by Amin Maalouf
The Gardens of Light by Amin Maalouf (1991)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0349108714, Paperback)Born 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.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:19 -0400)
The life of Mani, the 3rd century Persian mystic who founded the Manichaean religion, teaching that man is created by Satan but has divine light in him which has to be released. The novel traces his humble beginnings, his rise to fame as he synthesized the teaching of Jesus, Buddha and Zoroaster, and his execution. By the author of The Rock of Tanios.
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