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The Way of a Pilgrim
Candid Tales of a Wanderer to His Spiritual Father
Translated by: Anna Zaranko Edited by: Andrew Louth Introduction by: Andrew Louth Notes by: Andrew Louth
9780241201350 Paperback, Trade English General Trade RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth Mar 26, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.09 x 7.76 x 0.54 in 224 pages Penguin Classics
The simple but profound story of a life of detachment through wandering and prayer, and one of the most widely circulated prayer guides in the world.

In 1884, a slim volume containing four short tales appeared in Russia telling of a pilgrim, a lone wanderer, led by his quiet curiosity and deep spiritual longing to undertake a lifelong journey across the land. The pilgrim’s ancient journey takes him from a city monastery through forests, fields and the steppes of Siberia. He walks by day and by night, through rain and summer months, finding food and shelter where he can. Along the way, he encounters priests and professors, convicts, nuns and beggars, a tipsy old man in a soldier’s greatcoat, from whom he slowly gathers great stores of wisdom and experience. But at the heart of his journey is his time spent praying as he journeys alone, discovering the peace and consolation that come from constant prayer and silent contemplation. Simple and sincere, The Way of a Pilgrim paints an enduring picture of a life of detachment through wandering and prayer. And, as the pilgrim makes his way through the wilds, he invites us to travel with him along an ancient path into an immense, mystical landscape.

Story Locale: Russia

BELOVED SPIRITUAL GUIDE: The pilgrim and his story of unceasing prayer has been refenced in the works of Leo Tolstoy ad JD Salinger, The Jesus Prayer has continued to be a touchstone for both religious and non-religious readers.

NEW TRANSLATION: A new translation by Anna Zaranko helps set our edition apart, and helps answer the growing call for more translations by women.

GROWING RUSSIAN LITERATURE LIST: This book will nicely accompany our other recent Russian literary works, including Russian Émigré Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky (2017), which received excellent review coverage both in the US and abroad.

SPIRITUAL CLASSICS: The Way of the Pilgrim is a great new addition to a library of spiritual enlightenment including Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North and The Desert Fathers, and will appeal to those readers interested in pilgrimages, wandering, and walking meditations.

Andrew Louth is Professor emeritus of patristic and Byzantine studies in the department of theology and religion at Durham University.

Anna Zaranko is a Polish-English translator based in the United Kingdom.

Author Residence: UK (Louth and Zaranko)

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