The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

By (author) Jose Saramago , Translated by Giovanni Pontiero

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This book is a retelling of the Gospel following the life of Christ from his conception to his crucifixion. A naive Jesus is the son not of God, but of Joseph. In the desert it is not Satan, but God that Christ tussles with, an autocrat with whom he has an unbalanced and unsettled relationship.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • 03 Sep 1999
  • VINTAGE
  • The Harvill Press
  • London
  • English
  • 1860466842
  • 9781860466847
  • 29,624

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Jose Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922 and has been a full-time writer since 1979. His oeuvre embraces plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and ten novels, which have been translated into more than forty languages and have established him as the most influential Portuguese writer of his generation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998

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"Profound and poignant" Independent

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While the events of Saramago's life of Christ will be known to readers of the conventional Gospels, his approach brings an astonishing freshness to the familiar stories. The human aspect of Jesus is stressed above all else, and Saramago's Gospel ends at Golgotha with the death of Jesus. Mary and Joseph are typical of their place and time, simple people living ordinary lives, in accordance with the ways of their religion, until interrupted by the arrival of angels. Beautifully translated by Pontiero, the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature tells his story with an easy wit, and embellishes it with inspired poetic touches. The result is a profound and moving work which leads the reader to reassess the original, and come to a new appreciation of its events and their significance. (Kirkus UK)

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