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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

José Saramago


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Spanish (12/10/2010)
MP3 CD (7/26/2016)
Compact Disc (2/4/2020)
Hardcover (12/1/2011)


A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by the 1998 Nobel laureate in literature
“Illuminated by ferocious wit, gentle passion, and poetry.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

For José Saramago, the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion were 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.

Praise For The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

"Illuminated by ferocious wit, gentle passion and poetry.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

​“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

Mariner Books, 9780156001410, 400pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 1994

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.