My Brother the Messiah
Eli is born in a suburb of Prague. A rainstorm heralds the birth. Perhaps this messiah is for real. Eli's father abandons the family to become the dictator's right-hand man. Eli's elder brother Marek guides Eli through his short and powerful life.
Can tales of a messiah be enough to heal a ravaged planet in which few babies are born? Marek works with the zeal of a prophet. Aged 72, he's still going strong. A new follower joins Marek's community, Natalia. She invigorates the old man, but what's the worth of human love when the world is ending? Marek sets out to find his answer.
My Brother the Messiah is a story about daring to seed the future of our planet.
- Paperback | 280 pages
- 140 x 216 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
- 04 Apr 2023
- Barbican Press
- London, United Kingdom
'Vopěnka has yet again produced a book that explores many pressing issues of the near future. Highly readable, beautiful and terrifying at the same time, it presents to us a future that may not be as distant as it may seem at first sight." - Eliska Prokopová, iLiteratura
'Well worth your time. Vopenka tells a dystopian tale about hope amid chaos, and about the drawbacks, and the consolations, of faith.' - James Lovegrove, The Financial Times
'Weaves a gloomy, gripping, spiritual spell all of its own.'- Simon Ings, The Times (where it was selected as Science Fiction Book of the Month)'My Brother the Messiah presents a nightmarish vision of a future where human selfishness has all but destroyed the Earth, and the only apparent hope is either in religion or science. Czech author Martin Vopenka tackles complex contemporary issues in his writing. My Brother the Messiah is no exception--a quietly profound story that moves slowly at a deliberate pace and stays compelling. It presents a subtle and provocative meditation on the nature of faith and hope in the face of despair and chaos.' - Tessa Chudy, Aurealis
'Vopenka creates a dynamic and vivid account of societies in complete free-fall... chillingly beautiful in its descriptive violence. This is an Acts of the Apostles for a post-Christian Europe, ...Yet the author is not a Czech Nikos Kazantzakis imposing wholesale an aged scriptural drama onto a current or future society. The book's ending proves that conclusively. It is satisfyingly uncertain and unexpected: troubling and problematic certainly, but also with a candle's flicker of warm comfort.' - Paul Simon, Morning Star
humorous, disturbing novel that refuses the
pitfalls of either lazy rationalism or unthinking
faith.' The British Science Fiction Association