|author: Amin Maalouf; translated by Russell Harris||shelved under: Fiction|
|date: 1994||publisher: Abacus|
|content type: book|
Accused of mocking the inviolate codes of Islam, the Persian poet and sage Omar Khayyam fortuitously finds sympathy with the very man who is to judge his alleged crimes. Recognising genius, the judge decides to spare him and gives him instead a small, blank book, encouraging him to confine his thoughts to it alone.