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About the Book and Author

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About the Book

Book Cover Image: Title: The Lost Diary of Don Juan, Author: Douglas Carlton Abrams Buy It

It was a time of discovery and decadence, when life became a gamble and the gold that poured endlessly into the port of Sevilla devalued money, marriage, and love itself. In the midst of these treacherous times, Juan Tenorio is born and then abandoned in the barn of a convent. Raised secretly by the nuns, he learns to love and worship all women, the capstone of God's creation. He wants nothing more than to be a priest, until he falls in love with one of the sisters. When their affair is discovered, Juan leaves the Church forever. He is soon recruited to be a spy by the powerful Marquis de la Mota, who teaches him to become the world's greatest libertine and seducer of women. But when his royal favor comes to an end, Don Juan is faced with the murderous fury of the Inquisitor, who battles all forms of debauchery, deviance, and heresy.

Far from the heartless seducer that legend would recount, Don Juan's mastery of passion is inspired by the desire for liberation and redemption, as much as for personal pleasure and gratification. Born into an age of repression, he would come to embody the spirit of desire that would inflame the modern age. Can the divine be found in the body of a woman? Can pleasure be as holy as pain? Can love and lust be married together in a lifelong commitment to one other person?

It is after knowing countless women that Don Juan is convinced by the Marquis to keep a diary, and it is here within its pages that he reveals his greatest adventures and the Arts of Passion he mastered. But what finally compels him to confess everything is the most perilous adventure of all -- the irresistible fall into the madness of love with the only woman who could ever make him forget all others.

About the Author

Author Photo: Douglas Abrams

Douglas Carlton Abrams is a former editor at the University of California Press and Harper San Francisco. He is the co-author of a number of books on love, sexuality, and spirituality, including books written with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, and Taoist Master Mantak Chia. He is the co-founder of Idea Architects, a book and media development agency, which works with visionary authors to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. In his life and work, he is interested in cultivating all aspects of our humanity -- body, emotions, mind, and spirit. His goal in writing fiction is to create stories that not only entertain, but also attempt to question, enchant, and transform.

The Lost Diary of Don Juan is his first novel and will be published in twenty-five languages around the world. Abrams has also coauthored several books with spiritual masters from a number of religious traditions. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife and three children.

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