The Wilderness


The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim was my third novel. I decided to take what I had learned from my first two books and consolidate this knowledge in a volume that was a bit less experimental. I had become fascinated by early Christian heresies and Byzantium, where the Holy Roman Empire essentially died. The Pilgrim became a kind of historical novel: a young man from Northern Europe sails into the Mediterranean to see, first hand, the great battle between Christianity and its heretical opponents. He gets caught up in one of the many barbarian invasions of the area, along with an ex-emperor (with his nose cut off) and his scheming mother (whose tongue has been removed).

   When I finished the novel I sent it to an agent, who liked it. She sent it to her favorite publisher, who read the whole thing. It was better, he wrote back, than most of the books they published. Alas, however, he could see no easy way to publicize a novel about an obscure religious conflict in an obscure region in the Eighth Century, so he regretfully declined it. My agent urged me to write another book, quickly, that would be more publishable, since, she said, I now had a fan in the business. I decided, instead, to go in an entirely different direction, and went off to South America and down the Amazon where I started Orphé, a novel quite the opposite of publishable...


OrpheMayaThe WildernessAutobiography of a Wanderer


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