Armida Nagy Rose's 'Daughters of the Dance' Is a...
Dealing with adult and controversial themes, "Daughters of the Dance: A Mosaic of Seek & Find" is a moving account of three generations of two familiesthe women, artistes who master the craft of danse du ventre, and the high-powered brothers driven by oil, wealth, war, trade, religious beliefs, and the testing of sexual boundaries. It is a story of uncharted survival amidst the vicissitudes of three wars in continental Europe during the first half of the twentieth century and their inevitable expansion to the Western Hemisphere, especially the Netherlands Antilles and its Sephardic-Ladino community of Curaçao. Each characterthe women and the menis a seeker. In a way, Rumi, the Persian Sufi philosopher and poet, pointed the way, What you seek is seeking you." In a sense, the novel presents the mysterious in an otherwise real-world setting, interweaving cross-cultural nuances as they play out in personal relationships on the world stage.
The backdrop of the novel is set against the Third Reich's far-reaching pogrom in Spain and in the Netherlands. The narrative delves into the theology of sexuality, exposing the suppression of wise women and the secular intelligentsia by conservative religious fervor.
The "daughters of the dance" is a metaphor for individuals who use dance to enhance a spiritual sense of being. Ayana, the introductory character, expresses a dominant human conditionthe pain of sadness, guilt, and shameand asks, "How does one survive without love?" Ayana learns how to endure through dance. In the words of Rumi, "Whosoever knows the power of dance, dwells in God" (i.e., 'God,' a non-reified Presence). "At a deeper level, the characters encounter lo real maravilloso Americano (magic realism) in raw, latent, and ever-present states of being in elegant timelessness. In so doing, Ayana discovers the primordial selfself-arising, unborn, manifested, and unfiltered."
The novel invites the reader to grasp the mystery that lies behind each personality. Although words and pictographs fail to fully explain experience, the novel challenges readers to seek out the experience of beauty and joy among the perils of unrest that may either fester or heal. To quote Rumi again, "Dance when you are perfectly free and enjoy each step along the way." "Happy is the culture that can dance, especially when the dancer also knows what it means to be 'perfectly free'."
The author, Armida Nagy Rose, is an American born in the Republic of Panama and raised in the Panama Canal Zone. The historical novel, with its spellbinding infusion of magic realism, is enriched by the author's experience as a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, dancer, painter, and writer. Retired after a thirty-year career in the federal government as an analyst and regulatory writer, Armida currently lives in central Florida with a spouse and two terriers. The author blogs on the novel at http://armidawritescreates.com, especially commentary on the dance and music that accompanies the narrative.
Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Armida Nagy Roses book is an artfully passionate, epic-like tale that never loses its intimacy.
Readers who wish to experience this compelling work can purchase "Daughters of the Dance: A Mosaic of Seek & Find" at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.
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