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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


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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