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John: A Novel

by Niall Williams

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  • Published in USA  Feb 2008
    288 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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In the years following the death of Jesus Christ, John the Apostle, now a frail, blind old man, lives in forced exile on the desolate island of Patmos with a small group of his disciples. Together, the group has endured their banishment, but after years awaiting Christ’s return, fissures form within their faith, and, inevitably, one of John’s followers disavows Christ’s divinity and breaks away from the community, threatening to change the course of Christianity. When the Roman emperor lifts the banishment of Christians, John and his followers are permitted to return to Ephesus, a chaotic world of competing religious sects where Christianity is in danger of vanishing. It is against this turbulent background—and inspired by Jesus’s radical message of love and forgiveness—that John comes to dictate his Gospel.

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"Irish novelist Williams takes spiritual issues seriously - and continues to write compellingly about them." - Kirkus Reviews.

"This novel will appeal to readers who like imaginative and gritty sagas of the lives of key Christians in the early church as well as those who value lyricism." - Publishers Weekly.

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Niall Williams Author Biography

Niall Williams was born in Dublin in 1958. He studied English and French literature at University College Dublin before graduating with a Master's degree in Modern American Literature. He moved to New York in 1980 where he married Christine Breen, whom he had met while she was a Master's student also at UCD, and took his first job opening boxes of books in Fox and Sutherland's bookshop in Mount Kisco. He later worked as a copywriter for Avon Books in New York City before leaving America with Chris in 1985 to attempt to make a life as a writer.

Niall and Christine moved on April 1st to the cottage in west Clare that Chris's grandfather had left eighty years before to find his life in America. In 1991 Niall's first play 'The Murphy Initiative' was staged at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. ...

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