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- Publisher: PICADOR
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 17mm | 199g
- Publication date: 12 September 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1447250338
- ISBN 13: 9781447250333
- Sales rank: 215,839
Jim Crace's Booker prize-shortlisted masterpiece. Under an endless and unforgiving sky, four travellers enter the Judean desert in search of redemption. Instead, amidst the barren rocks, they are met by a dangerous man, Musa, and fall under his dark influence. But there is a fervent, solitary figure also sharing their landscape, denying the temptations of his neighbours, and, ultimately, the needs of his own body. So begin forty days and nights in one of the most inhospitable terrains on earth.
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Jim Crace is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award). He lives in Birmingham.
By Yonit Segal 25 Feb 2014
Both hypnotic and stimulating.
Crace is a gifted writer.
'One of the finest novels I've read in years' The Times 'Completely captivating' Literary Review 'Absolutely compelling' Observer 'Stunning. A writer of hallucinatory skill' John Updike 'Dazzling, gritty brilliance. This is a novel of scorching distinction' Sunday Times 'Stunning. A writer of hallucinatory skill' John Updike 'Completely captivating' Literary Review 'Absolutely compelling' Observer 'Dazzling, gritty brilliance. This is a novel of scorching distinction' Sunday Times 'One of the finest novels I've read in years' The Times