Ink of Light – a biographical novel Rumi & Eva de Vitray
This biographical novel presents the story of the French scholar Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch, French translator of Mevlana, more familiarly known as Rumi.
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The book takes the form of a dialog between this female 20th century scholar and Mevlana, who lived in 13th century Turkey. It is in the first person voice of Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch (EVM). She is basically “writing letters” to Mevlana, which review her life, how he entered it and influenced it.
The book is structured in 12 chapters, each introduced by a description of the successive steps of the sema ceremony. There are 12 parts to the sema dance of the Whirling Dervishes, the dervish group founded by the followers of Mevlana. The progression of the 12 parts of this ceremony mirrors the stages of the life of EVM. Each sema section is described at the beginning of a chapter to enhance the feeling of ritual in the book and how it feeds into her itinerary. In addition, readers will come to understand that the sema is not just a dance done for tourists, but a religious service of great ceremony and beauty.