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The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman
  

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A title that makes the oldest story - the story of Jesus - entirely new. It offers a visceral retelling of the events surrounding the life of Jesus.

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Synopsis

The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman's The Liars' Gospel makes the oldest story - the story of Jesus - entirely new. 'He was a traitor, a rabble-leader, a rebel, a liar and a pretender to the throne. We have tried to forget him here.' Now, a year after Yehoshuah's death, four people tell their stories. His mother flashes between grief and rage while trouble brews between her village and the occupying soldiers. Iehuda, who was once Yehoshuah's friend, recalls how he came to lose his faith and find a place among the Romans. Caiaphas, the High Priest at the great Temple in Jerusalem, tries to hold the peace between Rome and Judea. Bar-Avo, a rebel, strives to bring that peace tumbling down. Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the realities of the period: massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal, The Liars' Gospel finds echoes of the present in the past. It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny and occupation. Young men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. Rumours spread from mouth to mouth. Rebels attacked the greatest Empire the world has ever known. The Empire gathered its forces to make those rebels pay. And in the midst of all of that, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied.

Reviews

Praise for The Liars' Gospel:

'A visceral retelling of the events surrounding the life of Jesus.' Hilary Mantel, Guardian Books of the Year

'Ambitious, genius.' Tom Holland, Guardian

'Remarkable ...paints the sweep of history through the sharp pain of human love and loss.' Observer

About the Author

Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman was born in 1974 and was brought up in the Orthodox Jewish community in Hendon, London, where she now lives. She is a graduate of the UEA creative writing course and has published short fiction in a number of anthologies.

Naomi Alderman won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2006 and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award in 2007.

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Publication date

25th April 2013

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Naomi Alderman

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Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780670919918

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