Nikolo Behind the Burning Bush by Rohan Roberts follows the story of a young boy living among the hyenas who is rescued and raised by the Dogon tribesmen of West Africa, who force him to come to terms with his humanity. As he matures, he makes psychedelic journeys around the world, exploring narcotics in England, falling in love in Russia, exploring the links between quantum mechanics and Eastern mysticism in India, and hob-kbbing with saints and sinners, as he struggles with the meaning of life. Roberts's masterful work tackles some thorny topics: art, creativity, the nature of rational thought, and pragmatism, and does so in an invative and thoroughly enchanting way that teaches while it entertains. Told with sly wit, profound insight, and in a narrative style that breaks all the rules without giving up an inch of creative integrity, Nikolo Behind the Burning Bush is a fast paced, dreamlike excursion to the edges of the human imagination and to the core of human nature.
Rohan Roberts has a Masters in English Literature from Leeds University, U.K. He is the head of the Department of English at a British curriculum international school.