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The Fire Gospel

The Fire Gospel

Michel Faber

  • Theo Griepenkerl is a scholar of ancient languages, grudgingly resigned to a life of obscurity. Then, on an artefact-finding mission to Iraq, he ‘rescues’ some Aramaic scrolls from a bombed museum and smuggles them home to Canada. Translating furiously, Theo reveals the work of a scribe called Malchus: an early Christian and a contemporary of Christ himself.

    A fifth gospel, then–and one that gives an all-too-frank eyewitness account of the Crucifixion. It could have incendiary implications for the faith of millions. But in the meantime Theo Griepenkerl has a publishing sensation to promote…

    In this masterful combination of theological satire and book-world farce, the bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White allows his storytelling talent free rein. By turns comic, thought-provoking and shocking, The Fire Gospel is a celebration of human fallibility that will delight Faber fans old and new.

    Michel Faber
    About the Author

    Michel Faber has written several books, including the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fahrenheit Twins and the novellas The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps and The Courage Consort. The Apple, based on characters in The Crimson Petal and the White, was published in 2006. He has also won several short-story awards, including...

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    29 September 2008
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    Praise for Michel Faber
    andThe Fire Gospel

    ‘This highly entertaining recasting of a Christian myth is witty and intelligent…Highly recommended.’

    ‘This is a man who would give Conrad a run at writing the perfect sentence.’

    ‘Manages the difficult task of being a hugely entertaining narrative about our depthless human capacity for stupidity, hatred and greed…Faber is a beguiling entertainer.‘

    ‘An entertaining story, with a vein of playful symbolism running throughout…A provocative little volume with a strong element of knowing humour. Its most strikingly mischievous feature is that, while it appears at first to be a satire on religious extremism, at root it is a satire on the book business, the pliable nature of readers and the egotism of authors.’

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    • The Fire Gospel
      ISBN: 9781921834127
      25 July 2012
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