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A PLACE OF LIGHT

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By: Kim Siveeira Wolterbeek
  • "Help the women." Caught in a storm and weakened by fasting, Robert of Arbrissel hears these simple words and begins preaching in brothels. But it is not his words or his seductive voice as much as his glowing halo that encourages Madeleine, an emotionally damaged prostitute who sees the world through a distracted lens of color and sound, to join him. Robert gathers followers and the reputation of sainthood, but he knows that his thoughts about Madeleine are not worthy of a holy man. Girard, a monk obsessed with food, finds following Robert only mires him more deeply in his own bottomless needs. Lady Philippa, Duchess of Aquitaine and Countess of Toulouse, first helps Robert's cause with a gift of land to build his vision of an abbey but later seeks refuge there herself. Set in early twelfth-century France, and based on historical events, A Place of Light reverberates with violence and beauty, with the parallel realities of prostitution and aristocratic marriage, the harsh aftermath of recent Viking invasions, and the intimate instruction of storytelling. Within that tumultuous world, four flawed souls, with their eccentricities and their passions, their painful vulnerabilities and their good intentions, their conflicted impulses and desires, help to build the Abbey of Fontevraud while each searching for their own place of light.

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PLATO'S SCREW

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By: L.D. Janakos
  • Fiction. In PLATO'S SCREW, an eccentric physicist and an ambivalent writer hired to follow him to collect impressions of his life find their reality sandwiched between the absurd and the surreal as they search for the pathology of windows, listen to the last sounds before the first utterance, and try out ways to outsmart their inherited inadequacies and social ambiguities. Originally called "Brancusi's Back," and written over a twelve year period, L.D. Janakos started working on this novel long before the nano-world and Snowden's revelations on surveillance jumped into the culture of sensation. As the absurd within the yet unpublished work seemed to jump off the pages into topical reality, it tilted with precision into that gray zone, unhinged and floating without category or permanence inside the absurd within the absurd and the surreal within the surreal.

Item: 194113702

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