The Liars' Gospel
By Naomi Alderman
(Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316232784, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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An award-winning writer re-imagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death.
This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down.
It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. In the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied.
Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the period - massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal - The Liars' Gospel makes the oldest story entirely new.
Naomi Alderman is the author of Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers and has been published in 10 languages. She contributes regularly to the Guardian and lives in London.
PRAISE FOR NAOMI ALDERMAN'S THE LIARS' GOSPEL
"A visceral retelling of the events surrounding the life of Jesus. Her would-be messiah is a puzzling drifter marginal to his own story; the ferocity of Barabbas and Judas seizes the narrative and occupies its center ground."—Hilary Mantel, author of Bringing Up the Bodies
"By turns poetic and visceral, The Liars' Gospel liberates towering figures from the stasis of iconography, giving them psychological depth."
---Abigail Meisel, New York Times Book Review
"A novel of such intensity, meaning and depth that it must be destined to become a classic."—Bidisha, Presenter of BBC Radio Four's Saturday Review
"Head spinning perspectives on the life and times of Jesus, from a novelist who wields her pen like a sword."—More
"Vibrant descriptions....haunting prose.... Alderman transforms an ancient story into her own engaging meditation on power, oppression, and belief."—Publishers Weekly
"Superb....The best-known story of all takes on messy, intricate, surging new life when freed from its biblical shackles in Naomi Alderman's reimagining."—Victoria Moore, Daily Mail
"A provocative and fascinating retelling of one of the foundational narratives of Western culture."—Julie Subrin, Tablet Magazine
"Courageous....Alderman's revision of the Christ figure is a visceral, intelligent one, and it works superbly."—Arifa Akbar, The Independent
"Alderman re-creates with startling immediacy the culture of first-century Judea, with its political intrigue and riots, and with its characters wondering at what the life of Yehoshuah has meant to them."—Kirkus
"Provocative and mesmerizing....Alderman here succeeds magnificently....The Liars' Gospel roots its characters firmly and vividly in their historical and political context."—Rebecca Abrams, New Statesman