The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
Saramago's Jesus is the son not of God but of Joseph. Mary Magdalene is his lover not his convert. In the wilderness he tussles not with the Devil – a kindly and necessary evil – but with God, a fallible, power-hungry autocrat. And he must die not for the sins of the fathers but for the sins of the Father. By investigating these simple inversions Saramago has woven a dark parable; a secular gospel of astonishing richness and depth.
‘An original, wild and beautiful book’ Times Literary Supplement
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - petterw - LibraryThing
Josť Saramago is an atheist, but his version of the story of Joseph, Mary and Jesus is written with compassion and respect for the historic characters. This is not as blasphemous as it might apprear ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - blake.rosser - LibraryThing
A somewhat annoying read given Saramago's stylistic choice of long paragraphs with little punctuation, it still moves surprisingly quick, and there are strikingly beautiful passages and meditations ... Read full review