By Galway Kinnell
Contributor note: in a while by way of Robert Hass
Black Light is a voyage of discovery and transformation. Set in Iran, it tells the tale of Jamshid, a quiet uncomplicated carpet mender, who someday without notice commits a homicide and is compelled to escape. With this violent act his previous lifestyles ends and an odd new lifestyles begins.
Galway Kinnell combines his reward for targeted imagery with a storyteller's ability during this trip around the Iranian desert—away from the delicate self-righteous virtues of followed ethical culture, into the illness and sexual confusion of agonizing self-knowledge.
First released in 1966 by way of Houghton Mifflin, this greatly revised paperback version of Black Light brings a wonderful novel again into print