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Christopher Merrill

The Tree of the Doves (Hardcover)

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Taking several ageless questions--&quot;Where do we come from? Where are we going? What shall we do?&quot;--as his point of departure, award-winning author Christopher Merrill explores the related issues of terror, modernity, tradition, and epochal transformation. In three extended essays, Merrill observes the performance of a banned ritual in the Malaysian province of Kelatan; traces Saint-John Perse's epic voyage from Beijing to Ulan Bator in 1921, and relates it to the China of today; and embarks on a trip across the Levant in 2007 in the wake of the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Merrill asserts that it is in this trinity of human actions--ceremony, expedition, and war--that history is formed; and that the political, environmental, and social changes we're witnessing now presage the end of one order and the creation of another. <br />

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Taking several ageless questions--"Where do we come from? Where are we going? What shall we do?"--as his point of departure, award-winning author Christopher Merrill explores the related issues of terror, modernity, tradition, and epochal transformation. In three extended essays, Merrill observes the performance of a banned ritual in the Malaysian province of Kelatan; traces Saint-John Perse's epic voyage from Beijing to Ulan Bator in 1921, and relates it to the China of today; and embarks on a trip across the Levant in 2007 in the wake of the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Merrill asserts that it is in this trinity of human actions--ceremony, expedition, and war--that history is formed; and that the political, environmental, and social changes we're witnessing now presage the end of one order and the creation of another.
The Tree of the Doves

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Publisher
Milkweed Editions
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
305
Author
Christopher Merrill
Title
The Tree of the Doves
ISBN-13
9781571313058
Publication Date
October, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1571313052

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