Richard Warren Field
The GHOSTS OF BAGHDAD
“He’s been a bit crazy since he lost
his entire family to the pestilence.” Gasparo Mercante de Est hears
comments as he digs through the desert turf at Mustansiriya College
in Baghdad. The turf still churns up bits of bone, remnants from the
Mongol slaughter at the city nearly a hundred years before. The
truth is the death of his family from what history now calls “the
Black Plague” has taken away the motivating force in his life as a
prosperous trader. Gasparo’s quest to a withered, once-glorious,
now-humiliated city is his attempt to
rediscover a family tradition, a spiritual tradition that may have
been more legend than fact. He unearths–literally
unearths–secrets that threaten his life but nourish his soul.
The results of Gasparo’s quest reach all the way forward into the
21st Century to touch an American soldier and an antiquities expert
grappling with the events of post-war Iraq. Issues from the
past, unresolved, perhaps unresolvable, spillover into the present.
Will Gasparo’s findings, testaments from the Ghosts of Baghdad, be
controversial even in the world after the year 2000?
Mystic jazz productions of vintage rock using modern sounds and
technologies ─ familiar songs offered in a fresh way; new songs offered in
a familiar style.
Swords of Faith
Stories set in the past featuring dilemmas familiar to the present with
consequences resonating into the future.
Mystic jazz celebrating the “Issa legend” – the idea that Jesus may have
visited India and learned some of his history-altering spiritual insights