(From the publisher):
In the spring of 1914, a restless young man left England for a tour of the exotic east. A bit of Egypt, a glimpse of Syria, a nod to Constantinople - that's all that was supposed to happen. Instead, Julian Beaufort became haunted. Wandering in idle admiration through the labyrinthine streets of Damascus, he stumbles upon Bait Katib, a house that takes possession of his heart. It is elegant; it is ancient; and it is, after a bit of negotiation with the owner, his. He had every intention of staying there for the rest of his life. He had every intention of living in the past. He had every intention of forgetting the twentieth century altogether.
But the world doesn't relinquish its hold so easily. Two bloody wars - one in Europe and one in Syria - leave Julian wounded and the city of Damascus in shreds. And when, by fate and will, Julian returns to find that his precious house still standing, it seems as though he will not be permitted into its shadows and leave the world behind. It seems, in fact, that someone else may already be occupying the shadows of Bait Katib. As time passes, Julian becomes more certain that he is sharing the house he loves, but with whom? And, he wonders, in what century?
Original title: The Lives of Shadows: An Illustrated Novel
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest