Who is the Englishman following Max and Imogen on their honeymoon through India? The caste war rages. As the newly-married couple travel through a nation torn apart by social strife, the stranger reappears. Deep in Max's memory there is a frisson of recognition, a sense of kinship that stretches beyond the chance encounters in India. Within the erotic sculptures of the derelict temples at Khajuraho, memories lie trapped. Nine centuries earlier, Srivastava, the court sculptor, searches for inspiration. But the marble remains uncut, while Srivastava dreams of lost passion. In a small village close to Chartres, a young carpenter, unable to speak, begins to sketch the message he must communicate. Alone in a hospital bed in Oxford, an old woman at last finds the words to give shape to her dreams. Unknown to Max Burton, he is the connection between these seemingly disparate strands. His love for Imogen ties him to the present, yet he cannot escape the incursions of the past or the future. For years, Max is troubled by the strange events that shape his life and perplexed by his unsettling dreams. The story of his understanding, "The Still Point" is a subtle and original novel of real imaginative power. Jacket illustration by Pat Gavin.
Used availability for Subniv Babuta's The Still Point
1991 : UK Hardback