国際コミュニケーション学科のEvanoff教授による書籍が2023年8月にWipf and Stockrから出版されました。
A lifetime to conceive and three years to write, my novel, One with the Father: A Novel of Mysticism, Heresy, and Rebellion in the Middle Ages, has finally been published by Wipf and Stock: https://wipfandstock.com/9781666771107/one-with-the-father/. It’s also available from Amazon and other distributors in Japan, the U.S., and worldwide.
A full blurb for the novel is below.
When Justin escapes the comfortable medieval estate his overbearing father has kept him sheltered in to pursue the servant girl he has fallen in love with, he finds himself caught up in a social order torn between extremes of wealth and poverty, feudal hierarchy and peasant revolts, ecclesiastical corruption and monastic piety, gross injustices and boundless mercy.
The mid-fourteenth century was a time not only of burgeoning towns, majestic cathedrals, and nascent universities, but also of debauchery and violence, the Black Death and Inquisition, torture and ordeals.
In his encounters with noblemen and peasants, alchemists and hermits, monks and heretics, knights and revolutionaries, prostitutes and miscreants from the medieval underworld, Justin comes to realize that he is entirely on his own as he confronts his personal moral failings and struggles to find faith in a world where God no longer seems to exist.
Written as a reply to Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God Is Within You, One With the Father stands at the intersection between mysticism and anarchism in the Christian heritage, whilesimultaneously interweaving insights and archetypes from a variety of other spiritual traditions—Eastern, Western, and indigenous—in a fast-paced narrative.
With its controversial, even subversive, religious and political themes, this novel will certainly not be for everyone, though some may find the wisdom articulated by the sages of the past as relevant now as it’s always been.
"A saint is simply someone who has become an ordinary person. It's the rest of us who are extraordinary." — The prior in One with the Father