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Robert Sheppard

Par |2018-08-19T01:56:07+00:00 13 juillet 2013|Catégories : Blog|

Robert Sheppard is the author of the acclai­med dual novel Spiritus Mundi, in two parts, Spiritus Mundi the Novel, Book I and Spiritus Mundi the Romance, Book II. The acclai­med “glo­bal novel” fea­tures espio­nage-ter­ror-poli­ti­cal-reli­gious thril­ler-action criss-cros­sing the globe invol­ving MI6. the CIA and Chinese MSS Intelligence  as well as a "People Power" cam­pai­gn to esta­blish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly on the model of the European Parliament, with action moving from Beijing to London to Washington, Mexico City and Jerusalem while pre­sen­ting a vast pano­ra­ma of the contem­po­ra­ry inter­na­tio­nal world, inclu­ding com­pel­ling action and sur­real adven­tures. It also contains the unfol­ding sexual, roman­tic and fami­ly rela­tion­ships of many of its prin­ci­pal and secon­da­ry cha­rac­ters, and a signi­fi­cant dimen­sion of spi­ri­tual sear­ching through "The Varieties of Religious Experience."  It contains also signi­fi­cant dis­cus­sions of World Literature, inclu­ding Chinese, Indian, Western and American lite­ra­ture, and like Joyce's Ulysses, it incor­po­rates a vast array of sty­lis­tic approaches as the sto­ry unfolds.  Book II, Spiritus Mundi the Romance, dilates the set­ting, scope and conti­nuing action as a Romance of fan­ta­sy adven­ture where the pro­ta­go­nists, still fol­lo­wing the ori­gi­nal action of Book I,  embark on a quest to the realms of Middle Earth and its Crystal Bead Game in search of the Silmaril Missing Seed Crystal  and thence through a worm­hole to a "Council of the Immortals" in an Amphitheater in the cen­ter of the Milky Way Galaxy to plead for the conti­nuance of the human race in the face of threa­te­ned extinc­tion from a nuclear World War III invol­ving the confron­ta­tion and mili­ta­ry show­down bet­ween NATO, China, Russia and Iran unfol­ded from the espio­nage events of Book I. The contem­po­ra­ry epic culmi­nates with the first conve­ning of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, a world-scale ver­sion of the European Parliament ins­tal­led as a new organ of the United Nations.

 

Dr. Sheppard pre­sent­ly serves as a Professor of International Law and World Literature at Peking University, Northeastern University and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China, and has pre­vious­ly ser­ved as a Professor of International Law and  MBA pro­fes­sor at Tsinghua University, Renmin People’s University, the China University of Politics and Law  and at the Law Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, China. Having stu­died Law, Comparative Literature and poli­tics at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph. D.) Program in Comparative Literature), Northridge, Tübingen, Heidelberg, the People’s College and San Francisco, (BA, MA, JD), he addi­tio­nal­ly has been active as pro­fes­sor of International Trade, Private International Law, and Public International Law from 1993 to 1998 at Xiamen University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School (CASS), and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Since 2000 he has ser­ved as a Senior Consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Beijing and has autho­red nume­rous papers on the demo­cra­tic reform of the United Nations sys­tem.

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