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- Publisher: MacLehose Press
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 10mm | 106g
- Publication date: 30 August 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857050680
- ISBN 13: 9780857050687
- Sales rank: 1,361,973
When Father Almida is summoned to an audience with the parish's principal benefactor, a stand-in is found in Father Matamoros, a drunkard with an angel's voice whose sung mass is mesmerizing to all. But Matamoros hides a darker side, and when the church's residents throw a feast for him he encourages them to lose all their inhibitions and give free reign to their most Bacchanalian desires. A satire on the iniquities of the Catholic church in Colombia, Good Offices is at once comic, surreal and startling, a novel that will linger long in the mind.
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Evelio Rosero's work has been recognized by Colombia's National Literature Award. The Armies (MacLehose Press, 2008) won the 2006 Tusquets International Novel Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2009. Anne McLean has twice won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, for Cercas' Soldiers of Salamis and Evelio Rosero's The Armies. This is her first collaboration with Anna Milsom, who is Senior Lecturer in Translation at London Metropolitan University.
'Moving from offbeat humour to soaring spiritual ecstasy, it has both pathos and punch' Maya Jaggi, Guardian. 'A novella about hope and the possibility of realising it ... written with brio, and with vivid illuminating touches ... It reads beautifully' Allan Massie, Scotsman. 'A fable of vice and desire as comic as it is disturbing' Lucy Scholes, Sunday Times. 'An entertaining and engaging read, with arresting images that linger in the mind long after the book has been returned to the shelf' Wayne Gooderham, Time Out. 'a ripe and atmospheric satire on ecclesiastical hypocrisy' Sunday Telegraph. 'The Catholic Church takes a real kicking in this slim yet invective-packed satire ... lays bare the hypocrisy of the Church in richly descriptive sentences' Sunday Business Post.