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    The Testament of Mary (Hardback) By (author) Colm Toibin

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    DescriptionComing in April 2013: A major one-woman Broadway show starring Fiona Shaw, directed by Deborah Warner, and produced by Scott Rudin. Colm Toibin's provocative, haunting, and indelible portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel--her keepers, who provide her with food and shelter and visit her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it;" nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died--she fled, to save herself), and is equally harsh on her judgement of others. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Toibin's tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.


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    Title
    The Testament of Mary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Colm Toibin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 81
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781451688382
    ISBN 10: 1451688385
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: FI
    DC22: 823/.914
    Libri: I-FI
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 15
    BIC subject category V2: FW
    LC subject heading: , ,
    B&T Approval Code: A25835000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC026000
    LC classification: PR6070.O455 T47 2012
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    13 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "A slim, grave, exquisitely emotional book..."The Testament of Mary" is a spellbinding, surprisingly reverent book."--Jeff Giles ""Entertainment Weekly" "