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The Gospel according to Jesus Christ

By: Saramago, Jose

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1860466842 / 9781860466847
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20 cm 341 p. : ill.
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Reprint. This translation originally published: New York: Harcourt Brace, 1993; London: Harvill, 1999.

Saramago's Jesus is the son not of God but of Joseph.

Mary Magdalene is his lover not his convert. In the wilderness he tussles not with the Devil - a kindly and necessary evil - but with God, a fallible, power-hungry autocrat. And he must die not for the sins of the fathers but for the sins of the Father.

By investigating these simple inversions Saramago has woven a dark parable; a secular gospel of astonishing richness and depth. 'An original, wild and beautiful book' Times Literary Supplement


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


S 1996 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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