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And the Word Was: A Novel by  Bruce Bauman - First Edition - 2005-04-17 - from Kayleighbug Books and Biblio.com

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And the Word Was: A Novel

by Bauman, Bruce

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New York: Other Press, 2005-04-17. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 350 pages; corners bumped, slight edge wear to boards; jacket has more significant edge wear, slight soiling; When the tragic death of his son compels Dr. Neil Downs to flee New York City for India, he takes a job as the resident physician at the American Embassy, where he is introduced to the paradoxes of Indian social and political life. Unable to mourn, and angry about a betrayal on the part of his wife, Sarah, Neil seeks philosophical refuge in the writings of Levi Furstenblum, whose work grapples with the nature of language and god after Auschwitz. At the same time, he becomes involved with a prestigious Indian family and forms a bond with Holika, the rebellious, activist niece of the family's industrial and political doyen. With this relationship, Neil discovers the intrigues and the horrors that plague a society not dissimilar to the one he left behind. Through a complex interplay between the external and internal, foreign and domestic, the promises of faith and the ineluctability of evil, Neil slowly unravels the lies and misrepresentations that had woven the texture of his life. This tightly plotted novel will be irresistible to anyone who yearns for affirmation in spirituality and matters of the heart. A stunning reinterpretation of the Abraham and Isaac sacrifice myth, "And the Word Was" is guaranteed to leave readers profoundly moved.

Bruce Bauman Bruce Bauman's work has appeared in Salon, BOMB, Bookforum , and numerous anthologies and literary magazines. He is an associate editor of Black Clock magazine and is adjunct professor in the CalArts MFA Writing Program. He is married to the painter Suzan Woodruff, and lives in Los Angeles.



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