I, Wabenzi: A Souvenir

Some time ago Rafi Zabor sat down to write a brief narrative of the year 1986 That was the year he set out across two continents in a used Mercedes Wabenzi is the Swahili word for a member of the Mercedes owning class to buy a grave stone for his friend Mahmoud Rauf and to outrun the shadow of his own parents recent death But like a boat against the current, the wriSome time ago Rafi Zabor sat down to write a brief narrative of the year 1986 That was the year he set out across two continents in a used Mercedes Wabenzi is the Swahili word for a member of the Mercedes owning class to buy a grave stone for his friend Mahmoud Rauf and to outrun the shadow of his own parents recent death But like a boat against the current, the writer was drawn back into the past his father s escape from the Nazis, Rafi s own Brooklyn boyhood surrounded by the fractious, Zabors and Zaborovskys, and the anguished sometimes farcical spiritual journey that led Zabor from Brooklyn to Turkey by way of Coltrane, the thirteenth century mystic Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi, the McGovern campaign, Gurdjieff, a shoe salesman named Gogol, and the cataclysmic months Zabor spent studying and whirling amid a band of Sufis in rural England The result the first of a projected four volumes is one of the most original, capacious, and vivid narratives of the last few decades, a real life Bildungsroman dealing with an expanded range of human experience, from matters of life and death to a piece of what lies beyond them Straight from the unchartered territory between Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Tristram Shandy, I, Wabenzi lifts a corner of the known world as if it were the edge of a curtain, and begins to show a reality new to our literature gleaming on the other side.
I Wabenzi A Souvenir Some time ago Rafi Zabor sat down to write a brief narrative of the year That was the year he set out across two continents in a used Mercedes Wabenzi is the Swahili word for a member of the Merc

  • Title: I, Wabenzi: A Souvenir
  • Author: Rafi Zabor
  • ISBN: 9780865475830
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “I, Wabenzi: A Souvenir”

    1. I am through several concentricities related to the communities that Zabor describes in the book, so I read with a good deal of interest in the history. The time narrative is quite confusing, though familiar to those on the mystic path. While the descriptions of the English community of Beshara were indeed hokey (to remention a previous reviewer), they are also accurate to the conflict inherent here. It all seems silly until you step on the path. I can't recommend it for the outsider after one r [...]

    2. I can't say this was an easy read, but I dig Zabor's way with language so much that it's more about the way certain sentences are composed, that's what I enjoyed about it.

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