The Liars' Gospel: A Novel

The Liars' Gospel: A Novel

Naomi Alderman

Literature & Fiction / Gay & Lesbian

RetailAn award-winning writer re-imagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death. This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down. It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. In the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied.Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the period - massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal - The Liars' Gospel makes the oldest story entirely new.ReviewPRAISE FOR NAOMI ALDERMAN'S THE LIARS' GOSPEL"A visceral retelling of the events surrounding the life of Jesus. Her would-be messiah is a puzzling drifter marginal to his own story; the ferocity of Barabbas and Judas seizes the narrative and occupies its center ground." (Hilary Mantel, author of *Bringing Up the Bodies*)"By turns poetic and visceral, The Liars' Gospel liberates towering figures from the stasis of iconography, giving them psychological depth.""A novel of such intensity, meaning and depth that it must be destined to become a classic." (Bidisha, Presenter of BBC Radio Four's *Saturday Review*)"Head spinning perspectives on the life and times of Jesus, from a novelist who wields her pen like a sword." (More)"Vibrant descriptions....haunting prose.... Alderman transforms an ancient story into her own engaging meditation on power, oppression, and belief." (Publishers Weekly)"Superb....The best-known story of all takes on messy, intricate, surging new life when freed from its biblical shackles in Naomi Alderman's reimagining." (Victoria Moore, *Daily Mail*)"A provocative and fascinating retelling of one of the foundational narratives of Western culture." (Julie Subrin, *Tablet Magazine*)"Courageous....Alderman's revision of the Christ figure is a visceral, intelligent one, and it works superbly." (Arifa Akbar, *The Independent*)"Alderman re-creates with startling immediacy the culture of first-century Judea, with its political intrigue and riots, and with its characters wondering at what the life of Yehoshuah has meant to them." (Kirkus)"Provocative and mesmerizing....Alderman here succeeds magnificently....The Liars' Gospel roots its characters firmly and vividly in their historical and political context." (Rebecca Abrams, *New Statesman*) About the AuthorNaomi Alderman is the author of Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers and has been published in 10 languages. She contributes regularly to the Guardian and lives in London.
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Disobedience

Disobedience

Naomi Alderman

Literature & Fiction / Gay & Lesbian

For Ronit Krushka, thirty-two and single, who lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Orthodox Judaism is a suffocating culture she fled long ago. When she learns that her estranged father, the pre-eminent rabbi of the London Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, has died, she leaves behind her Friday night takeout, her troublesome romance, and her boisterous circle of friends and returns home for the first time in years.There, amid the traditional ebb and flow of the community -- the quiet young women returning from their kosher shops and the men with their tightly clutched prayer books -- Ronit reminds herself of her dual mission: to mourn and to collect a single heirloom -- her mother's Shabbat candlesticks. But when Ronit reconnects with her complex and beloved cousin Dovid and with a forbidden childhood sweetheart, she becomes more than just a stranger in her old home -- she becomes a threat.Driven by wit and beautifully rendered detail, Disobedience ...
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