A Poet of the Invis­i­ble World

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October 7, 2015

A Poet of the Invis­i­ble World is the sto­ry of Nouri, a boy born in thir­teenth cen­tu­ry Per­sia with four ears instead of two. Orphaned as an infant, he’s tak­en into a Sufi order, where he meets an assort­ment of dervish­es and is placed upon a path towards spir­i­tu­al awak­en­ing. He stud­ies the Koran and the prin­ci­ples of Sufism. He meets his first love, a hand­some youth named Vish­par. When maraud­ers attack the lodge, how­ev­er, he’s swept off to a series of gru­el­ing adven­tures and an assort­ment of shift­ing roles: tea boy in the court of a Span­ish sul­tan, shep­herd on a bar­ren farm in the moun­tains, sybarite in a bustling city on the north coast of Africa.

As he stum­bles from one painful expe­ri­ence to the next, he grows into man­hood. And when fate leads him to a Sufi order perched high in the moun­tains, he’s ready to begin the true work of spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment. Now the tests are more sub­tle: the ani­mos­i­ty of a fel­low Sufi who has dogged him since child­hood, a love affair with an acolyte who’s been brought under his wing. But each tri­al shat­ters anoth­er obsta­cle with­in — and leads him on toward transcendence.

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