A FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD In the tradition of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha comes a new spiritual novel that is a stunning feat of storytelling and imagination. A Poet of the Invisible World follows 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 embarks on a path toward spiritual awakening. Along the way, Nouri will find himself in the sumptuous court of a sultan, a barren farm in the hills of Spain, a bustling city on the north coast of Africa, and a monastery perched high in the mountains. He will fall in love--and encounter an adversary who will try to destroy that love. As Nouri stumbles from one experience to the next, he grows into manhood. Each trial he endures will shatter another obstacle within--and lead him toward transcendence. Michael Golding's previous work has been described as "brilliant" ( The Cleveland Plain Dealer ) and "so lavish and so colorful, it's like a meal in the open air, laid out on brocade" ( Los Angeles Times ). With this new novel, seven years in the writing, he has created a gripping tale that deals with many of life's deepest questions. A Poet of the Invisible World will astonish readers as it awakens them to the poetry inside themselves.
With the charm of a Persian fairytale, this story follows Nouri, a boy born with four ears instead of two.