The Gospel According To Jesus Christ (Paperback)

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The Portuguese legend revises the New Testament in his ironic, free-wheeling style. Jesus isn't a buzzkilling paragon of morality, but a flesh and blood man full of desire, lust, and doubt. It's the kind of irreverent fun that would have the religious right breaking out their pitchforks, but fortunately they don't read novels in translation. If they actually gave Saramago's gospel a go, they'd have to reckon with the truth: it's an improvement on the source material. -Hank

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A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by the Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, “Illuminated by ferocious wit, gentle passion, and poetry” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). For José Saramago, the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion were things of this earth: a child crying, a gust of wind, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat or the bark of a dog, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. The Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, but this is realism filled with vision, dream, and omen. Saramago’s deft psychological portrait of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man of this earth is an expert interweaving of poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence. The result is nothing less than a brilliant skeptic’s wry inquest into the meaning of God and of human existence.

About the Author

JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922–2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Praise For…

"Illuminated by ferocious wit, gentle passion and poetry.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review   ?“Enough to assure [Saramago] a place in the universal library and in human memory.”—The Nation   “Fiction that engages the mind as well as the spirit.”—Kirkus   “Mixes magic, myth, and reality into a potent brew.”—Booklist     —

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156001410
ISBN-10: 0156001411
Publisher: HarperVia
Publication Date: September 28th, 1994
Pages: 400
Language: English
Series: Harvest in Translation