Sudden Music - A Novella Set in the Paris of 1909-11
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A deft blending of fact and fiction, A Sudden Music tells the story of Althea Edison Benedict, a young American student in the Paris of 1910, who awakens to the first stirrings of Divine and of human love.
This novella, a poetic recreation of the first Bahá'í centre in Europe, unfolds against the background of the visit to Paris in 1909 of May Ellis Maxwell, the heart and inspirer of the community she founded there in 1901, depicts the activities of some of the outstanding Bahá'ís who served there, describes the visit in 1911 of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, and evokes the atmosphere of spiritual receptivity - then obtaining and since unequalled - that must foreshadow the eventual capitulation of Europe, wrapped in the darkness of materialism, to the brightening rays of the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh.
'An exquisite, enchantment, breathing work of pure resonant with spirit. I was spellbound!'
'This is a beautifully written, imaginative work.'
Members of the Reviewing Committee of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom
About the Author
Roger White, a native of Toronto, Canada, won an enthusiastic international readership and critical acclaim in several quarters through publication of his first collection of poems, 'Another Song, Another Season'. A second collection, 'The Witness of Pebbles', appeared in 1981, and his novel about the early days of the Bahá'í community in Paris before the First World War, 'A Sudden Music', in 1983.
Dimensions: 197 x 127 mm (7.75 x 5 in)
Soft Cover Weight: 228 g
Hard Cover Weight: 320 g
Soft Cover ISBN: 978-0-85398-163-3
Hard Cover ISBN: 978-0-85398-162-6