• Piriyan Govani

The Spiral Staircase, autobiography of Karen Armstrong, in Malayalam translated by Rama Menon. A raw, intensely personal memoir of spiritual exploration from one of the world’s great commentators on religion.

After seven years in a convent, which she left, dismayed by its restrictions, Karen Armstrong struggled to establish herself in a new way of life, and became entrapped in a downward spiral, haunted by despair, anorexia and suicidal feelings. Despite her departure from the convent she remained within the Catholic Church until the God she believed in 'died on me', and she entered a ‘wild and Godless period of crazy parties and numerous lovers’. Her attempts to reach happiness and carve out a career failed repeatedly, in spectacular fashion. She began writing her bestseller ‘A History of God’ in a spirit of scepticism, but through studying other religious traditions she found a very different kind of faith which drew from Christianity, Judaism and Islam and, eventually, spiritual and personal calm.

‘Piriyan Govani’ grapples with the issue of how we can be religious in the contemporary world, and the place and possibility of belief in the 21st-century.

Malayalam Title: പിരിയൻ ഗോവണി
Pages: 402
Size: Demy 1/8
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 2012 September

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