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Persian Passion
Of Gods and Gargoyles

Author: Tom Lysaght
Product Code: PPGG
ISBN: 978-1-09975-991-8
Publisher: Tom Lysaght
Availability: In stock

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A historical novel of sweeping proportions, written by Tom Lysaght, casting a light on the drama and turmoil of the Persian court in Iran near the end of the 19th Century.

A messianic movement is sweeping across Persia, but the king and Muslim clergy are too entrenched in the old ways to welcome the evolutionary changes in culture. Muhammad Shah is dying, so a violent tug for power ensues between his unfaithful wife — a Machiavellian Lady Macbeth — and his venal Grand Vazír. Each has a preferred child-prince s/he wants on the throne; each wants this messianic movement crushed. The conflict comes to a head at the inquisition trial of the imprisoned Seer, “the Báb.” The stakes are high: if the Báb proves himself to be the Promised One of Islam, then he must be the true sovereign of Persia.

“A captivating account of a dramatic summer that questioned traditionalism and patriarchy, and celebrated the resurrection of the human spirit.” — Dr. Nader Saiedi, UCLA

“... an expertly written look into the parallel histories of the founders of the Baha’i Faith, the Bab and Baha’u’llah. It evokes the spiritual passion and political complexity of mid-nineteenth century Persia in beautiful prose.... I can’t recommend it more highly.” — Rainn Wilson, actor


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by Ryan Haidarian
on 8/31/2019
I loved this book!
I had the pleasure of reading a pre-publication manuscript of this book and absolutely loved it! It's so compelling to read and is written like historical fiction. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next even though I often knew the specifics of the history around the events from other non-fiction sources. The writer has masterfully built a compelling narrative full of dastardly deeds by unscrupulous characters. Read this book - you'll be so glad you did.
by Angelina Diliberto Allen
on 8/30/2019
from Cardiff by the Sea
This book is Tom Lysaght's opus!
Author Tom Lysaght is well-known as the playwright of the “Heralds of the Covenant” performed at the Bahá’í World Congress in 1992.  He is also the playwright of the dramatic monologues performed at the San Francisco Opera House for the 2012 Centenary Celebration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s 1912 visit to that city.  Lysaght has been a successful author and playwright for decades and this book, Persian Passion, is his opus.
	It is the first book in a trilogy and is centered on two real-life villains of 19th century Persia:  Mahd Ulya of the Qajar Dynasty (wife of Muhammad Shah) and Haji Mirza Aqasi, Grand Vazir and arch-villain of Persia. The title alludes to the Passion of Christ as a parallel to the “passion” or suffering of the Báb, who is the Primal Point of this trilogy.  
	Lysaght’s turn of the pen shows his literary training from Harvard.  The chapters are brief, giving the flow of the narrative a quick pace, but this book has subtle literary allusions that will reward the careful reader.
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