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The Fire Gospel (Myths, The)

by Michel Faber

The Fire Gospel (Myths, The)
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2009
    184 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Theo Griepenkerl, a Canadian linguistics scholar, is sent to Iraq in search of artifacts that have survived the destruction and looting of the war. While visiting a museum in Mosul, he finds nine papyrus scrolls tucked in the belly of a bas-relief sculpture: they have been perfectly preserved for more than two thousand years. After smuggling them out of Iraq and translating them from Aramaic, Theo realizes the extent of his career-making find, for he is in possession of the Fifth Gospel, and it offers a shocking and incomparable eyewitness account of Christ’s crucifixion and last days on Earth.

Nakedly ambitious and recently dumped by his girlfriend, Theo sets out to share his discovery with the world in the form of a headline-grabbing U.S. book tour. Caught in the throes of his newfound fame, Theo fails to consider the global and cultural ramifications his discovery will have with God-fearing folks and religious zealots worldwide. Like Prometheus’s gift of fire, Theo's book has incendiary consequences.

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"The author of The Crimson Petal and the White sends up the publishing industry in this stillborn satire." - Publishers Weekly.

"...feels like hack work, dashed off. Its title notwithstanding, a parade of religious weirdos and some rote digs at the publishing industry do not an inspired text make." - The Independent (UK).

".. The book's conclusion is perhaps less compelling than everything that goes before, but Faber is an author so genuinely daring, so odd, so dark and so funny that you can forgive him, like Malchus, when he gets a little bit carried away." - The Guardian (UK).

"The Fire Gospel can be read easily at a sitting. It's effortless to consume, but with plenty of bite and so enjoyable that the improbabilities of the set-up are easily forgiven." - London Times.

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Michel Faber Author Biography

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Michel Faber is considered Dutch in the Netherlands, which is where he was born; Australian in Australia, because he lived there for so long; and Scottish in Scotland, where he emigrated with his wife and family in 2003. To say this award-winning writer is revered is an understatement.

Born in 1960 in The Hague, Faber studied Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, and English Language at Melbourne University. After graduating in 1980 he took various jobs such as a cleaner, pickle packer and guinea pig for medical research until he decided to train as a nurse in Sydney. He practiced nursing until 1993 when he and his family moved to Scotland. It was there that his wife encouraged him to submit his writing – a practice that he had engaged in since he was about fourteen ...

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