Some time ago, Rafi Zabor sat down to write a brief account of 1986. That was the year after his parents died, the year he intended to leave Brooklyn for good, buy a used car, and drive it across Europe back to his golden destination, Istanbul. But like Zabor's journey, this 'brief account' took on a direction of its own - through the shell of his father's childhood, via the music of John Coltrane, in the company of a raggle-taggle collection of chancers, dreamers, misfits and magicians. Sitting in the passenger seat, the reader is taken on a mad, exhilarating, beautiful drive, encountering life and death, and a little piece of what lies beyond.
RAFI ZABOR was born and raised in Brooklyn. He has worked as a jazz drummer and written about music for Playboy and the Village Voice, and about dervishes for Harper's. His novel, The Bear Comes Home, won the 1998 PEN/Faulkner Award and was an LA Times Book of the Year. He did the introduction for Peter Blegvad's The Book of Leviathan.