The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (Paperback)
Mariner Books, 9780156001410, 400pp.
Publication Date: September 28, 1994
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.
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.
Praise For The Gospel According to Jesus Christ…
“Enough to assure [Saramago] a place in the universal library and in human memory.”—The Nation
“Fiction that engages the mind as well as the spirit.”—Kirkus
“Mixes magic, myth, and reality into a potent brew.”—Booklist