Captivity (Hardcover)

By Gyorgy Spiro, Gyeorgy Spirao, Tim Wilkinson (Translator)

Restless Books, 9781632060495, 864pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

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Description

The epic bestseller and winner of the prestigious Aegon Literary Award in Hungary, Captivity is an enthralling and illuminating historical saga set in the time of Jesus about a Roman Jew on a quest to the Holy Land.

A literary sensation in Hungary, Gyorgy Spiro's Captivity is both a highly sophisticated historical novel and a gripping page-turner. Set in the tumultuous first century A.D., between the year of Christ's death and the outbreak of the Jewish War, Captivity recounts the adventures of the feeble-bodied, bookish Uri, a young Roman Jew.

Frustrated with his hapless son, Uri's father sends the young man to the Holy Land to regain the family's prestige. In Jerusalem, Uri is imprisoned by Herod and meets two thieves and (perhaps) Jesus before their crucifixion. Later, in cosmopolitan Alexandria, he undergoes a scholarly and sexual awakening--but must also escape a pogrom. Returning to Rome at last, he finds an entirely unexpected inheritance.

Equal parts Homeric epic, brilliantly researched Jewish history, and picaresque adventure, Captivity is a dramatic tale of family, fate, and fortitude. In its weak-yet-valiant hero, fans will be reminded of Robert Graves' classics of Ancient Rome, I, Claudius and Claudius the God.


About the Author

About the Author: Born in 1946 in Budapest, award-winning dramatist, novelist, and translator Gyorgy Spiro has earned a reputation as one of postwar Hungary's most prominent and prolific literary figures. He teaches at ELTE University of Budapest, where he specializes in Slavic literatures. About the Translator: Tim Wilkinson gave up his job in the pharmaceutical industry to translate Hungarian literature and history. He is the primary translator of Nobel Prize-winner Imre Kertesz. Wilkinson's translation of Kertesz's Fatelessness won the PEN Club/Book of the Month Translation Prize in 2005.
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