Windsong: The Breath of Being

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Wynkin deWorde Publishers, 2004 - English fiction - 311 pages
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In a time of markedly increasing tension between the values and politics of a predominantly Christian West and Muslim Middle-East, Dr Rio Dawson, a paper conservator working in the Chester Beatty Library museum in Dublin, unearths a document which suggests that a book, long thought destroyed, still exists. The book is the kitab al-dhikr al-Ruh, an unique and very early commentary on the Qur' an which is thought to detail the Prophet Mohammed's concept of al-Ruh, or Messenger Spirit and of the similarities, rather than differences, between Christianity and early Islam. Rio recognises the explosive potential of this book and enlists the help of Jerome Augustus Flanagan, a former curator in the Museum and now a freelance expert in sourcing rare manuscripts. He agrees, reluctantly, but before he has a chance to begin there is a break-in at the museum, and a member of staff dies. The recently discovered document disappears and Flanagan and Rio embark on a quest that is soon rendered by passion, deception, danger and unfolding personal tragedy. and the Nightingale and When Twilight Comes, set against the backdrop of Dublin and Istanbul and a unravelling modern world of intense political and religious differences, the deeply intimate philosophical and practical fundamentalism of being, of breathing, of living is continuously contrasted with the alternative of not being at all...
 

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Contents

Being The Beginning
1
Sirocco
4
Mistral
7
The Exchange
9
bildende Kraft
17
Gossamer Wings
27
Nemesis
39
Odd Shoes
53
Nightingale
189
The Perfect Square
195
Haunting
205
The Uncontainable
209
The Ear of Malchus
215
Mauvais Pas
229
Sinan Qua Non
235
SpiritLevel
239

alRuh
65
A Love Supreme
83
The ThreeCornered Light
99
Serendipity
121
The Watchman
135
The Upright Way
155
Angels
171
The Cave of Montesinos
179
Meltimi
183
Idols
185
Witness
249
Alcibiades
259
Ney
267
Birdsong
275
The Vanishing Point
281
The Cat Walks
285
The Approximate Likeness of Being
289
Becalming Unscientific Postscript
299
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