"You will be the chronicler," Adam Hubble tells his
new wife Alia who fulfills her obligation some years later by writing Adam's
Story. Composed in alternating sections of verse and prose, this minutely
observed account documents the ecstasy and obsession eroding the last two years of
Set largely in the United States and the Middle East during the first intifada
at the end of the nineteen eighties, the story she tells is in effect, a symphony in
two movements. An unfurling rhapsody moves through Adam's prophetic sense of what he
takes as his divinely inspired mission to make peace for the Palestinians, and his
equally obsessive need to reconnect meaningfully with his own children, lost to him in
an unhappy divorce.
The personal, the political and prophetic stride past in loose verse and poetic prose
while Adam is driven by a hopelessly quixotic and ultimately tragic conflict, the war
between private conscience and public authority. Torn from the ordinary by his flight
of the soul, Adam inevitably loses this fiercely contested battle on both the inner
and outer planes of his reality.
THE SUFI PRESS