Damascus (Hardback)Christos Tsiolkas (author)
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'We are despised, yet we grow. We are tortured and crucified and yet we flourish. We are hated and still we multiply. Why is that? You must wonder, how is it we survive?'
In a far corner of the Roman Empire, a radical sect is growing.
Alone, unloved and battling his sexuality, Saul scrapes together a living exposing these nascent Christians, but on the road to Damascus, everything changes.
Saul - now Paul - becomes drawn into this new religion and its mysterious leader, whose crucifixion leaves followers waiting in limbo for his promised return. As factions splinter and competition to create the definitive version of Christ's life grows violent, he begins to question his new faith and the man at its heart.
Damascus is an unflinching dissection of doubt, faith, tyranny, revolution, cruelty and sacrifice. A vivid and visceral novel with perennial concerns, it is a masterpiece of imagination and transformation.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 695 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 30 mm
'..plunges into the gore and moral stench of the early Christian period. Imagining the all-too-human reality behind the biblical narrative, he evokes a world that is rank with anti-imperialist resentment, constant brutality, violence against women and, most obsessively, sexual shame.' - The Guardian
'Tsiolkas writes with compelling clarity about the primal stuff that drives us all: the love and hate and fear of failure' - The Sunday Times
'One of the most significant contemporary storytellers at work today' - Colm Toibin
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