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The Armed Garden and Other Stories

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The Armed Garden and Other Stories

By David B

Fantagraphics Books, Hardcover, 9781606994627, 112pp.

Publication Date: September 12, 2011

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"The Veiled Prophet" During the 8th century (the time of Harun al-Rashid, the Caliph of 1001 Nights fame), Hakim al-Muqanna, the lowly Persian fabric dyer, is assaulted and enveloped by a piece of white cloth come from the sky. When a bystander recognizes in the folds of the cloth the visage of Abu-Muslim, defender of the oppressed, al-Muqanna becomes a prophet and great leader -- and within a year his followers have defeated seven armies sent to stop him "The Armed Garden," set in the 15th century, tells the story of the bloody quest for a Paradise on Earth. Rohan, a humble Prague blacksmith, is visited by Adam and Even who urge him lead his followers, soon dubbed "Adamites," on this mission. They soon must contend, bloodily, with the rival Paradise-seekers the "Taborites," led by John Zizka "The Drum Who Fell in Love," a sequel of sorts, begins with Zizka's death: His people have him skinned and his skin stripped onto a drum, and the drum, speaking in Zizka's voice, leads the Taborites into battle anew. But the touch of a beautiful girl softens Zizka's spirit, and the unlikely couple begin a journey together...
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