Distant Harmony: Stories from around the World

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iUniverse, Feb 14, 2013 - Fiction - 116 pages
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Journeying from continent to continent and finding beauty in all of nature and every example of humanity, Distant Harmony presents a collection of short stories examining our lives and the ways in which we are connected to our past, to nature, and to our fellow human beings.
Though the tales from author Abdus Sattar tell of poverty, grief, loss, and hunger throughout disparate cultures and diverse peoples, they communicate themes of a deep love of humanity and the unquenchable dignity of the human spirit. The selection “On the Euphrates” parallels the lives of two parents thousands of miles apart as they grieve for their children. “A Desert Sketch” provides a glimpse into the stark reality of Mariam, a Bedouin who ekes out a living with her father.
With vivid imagery, Distant Harmony shows melodies of political oppression, regret, and longing, yet always tempered with love and hope.

Praise for Distant Harmony
“The narrator of these tales journeys through time and space, fulfilling his own creative quest. Through his captivating voice and vision, Abdus Sattar transforms the disharmony of distant places into a rich melody, textured with strains of faraway wars, familial tragedy, yet always overpowering love.”
—Brenda Hudson

 

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In addressing the book Distant Harmony-Stories from from the world Mr. Sattar's evocation of a world provides the most compelling stories in the English literature, whose appeal today stimulates our judgment.
These stories assume the proportion of tragedies, struggles, love and hope showing a common thread of human life. It gives us the smell of different world and its people.
These are moving stories of love, hope, courage and culture on earth...
Sarah England
 

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This book is a wonderful read. It is without a doubt one of the most entertaining books I have read in many years. The use of the written word to help me realize thoughts and feelings was almost magical. This book will paint a memorable picture of a world that is getting smaller all the time. This is a book you must read. 

Contents

On the Euphrates
1
Shadows on the Moon
8
In the Mind of a Dove
15
In Manhattan
21
A Desert Sketch
27
The Brass Pitcher
33
Journey of a Lonely Heart
40
The Price of Freedom
44
Legend of a Distant War
54
The Glory of the Dust
62
The Repentance
68
Paris to Geneva
75
The Return
83
Prodigy
90
Back cover
100
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