The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byJose Saramago

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A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by Nobel laureate Jose Saramago A brilliant skeptic, Jose 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 andirreverence 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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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 Europ...

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A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by Nobel laureate Jose Saramago A brilliant skeptic, Jose 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...

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A PROVOCATIVE AND CONTROVERSIAL TELLING OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST BY THE 1998 NOBEL LAUREATE IN LITERATUREFor 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 gra...

JOSE 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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 7.94 × 5.54 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0156001411

ISBN - 13:9780156001410

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of Saramago This is my favorite of all Saramago books, it is absolutely perfect; I consider that nobody could have imagined the conversation between Jesus, God and Devil, in the boat, better than Saramago does it here.
Date published: 2008-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving This is one of the best if not the best book I read in at least the last 15 years. This book is very moving, controversial and thought provoking. No one who reads this book will ever forget it.
Date published: 2005-12-27

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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.

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