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The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
  

The Testament of Mary

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.

Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary is the moving story of the Virgin Mary, told by a novelist famous for writing brilliantly about the family. From the author of Brooklyn, in a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief.

If you like Colm Toibin you might also like to read books by Michael Benoit, Sebastian Barry and Philip Pullman.

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Synopsis

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.

For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change. As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.

Reviews

Praise for The Testament of Mary:

'This is a short book, but it is as dense as a diamond. It is as tragic as a Spanish pieta, but it is completely heretical...Toibin maintains all the dignity of Mary without subscribing to the myths that have accumulated around her.' Edmund White, Irish Times

'Depicting the harrowing losses and evasions that can go on between mothers and sons ...Toibin creates a reversed Pieta: he holds the mother in his arms.' Independent

'A beautiful and daring work ...it takes its power from the surprise of its language, its almost shocking characterization.' Mary Gordon, New York Times

About the Author

Colm Toibin

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin.

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Publication date

4th July 2013

Author

Colm Toibin

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Author's Website

www.colmtoibin.com/

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
112 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241962978

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