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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

by José Saramago

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 28, 1994 | Trade Paperback

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A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by Nobel laureate José Saramago

 

A brilliant skeptic, José Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. His idea of the Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, and-as only Saramago can-he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen. The result is a deft psychological portrait that moves between poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man. In this provocative, tender novel, the subject of wide critical discussion and wonder, Saramago questions the meaning of God, the foundations of the Church, and human existence itself.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 396 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.1 in

Published: September 28, 1994

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156001411

ISBN - 13: 9780156001410

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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

by José Saramago

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 396 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.1 in

Published: September 28, 1994

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156001411

ISBN - 13: 9780156001410

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A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by Nobel laureate José Saramago

 

A brilliant skeptic, José Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. His idea of the Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, and-as only Saramago can-he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen. The result is a deft psychological portrait that moves between poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man. In this provocative, tender novel, the subject of wide critical discussion and wonder, Saramago questions the meaning of God, the foundations of the Church, and human existence itself.

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A PROVOCATIVE AND CONTROVERSIAL TELLING OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST BY THE 1998 NOBEL LAUREATE IN LITERATURE

For Jose Saramago, the life of Jesus Christ and the story of His Passion are 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.

From Our Editors

For Jose Saramago, the life of Jesus and the story of His Passion are 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 gray morning light. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ is a beautifully rendered work of prose by one of Europe's most respected writers that is a defiance of the authority of God the Father, but not a denial.

Editorial Reviews

"Enough to assure [Saramago] a place in the universal library and in human memory". -- The Nation
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