The Gospel of Judas by Simon Mawer
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The Gospel of Judas is the story of an American priest brought to Rome to decipher an ancient scroll that appears to be a Gospel written by Judas - with a very different view of Christ's crucifixion from the ones handed down in the Bible. Already beset by a crisis of faith and on the brink of his first sexual affair, Father Leo Newman must tease out the meaning of this document even as he wrestles with its authenticity and what its revelations mean for him. This is a profound book about loss, faith, redemption, and the possibility of a complete re-interpretation of Christianity. It is also a love story and a literary suspense thriller that is impossible to put down.

About Simon Mawer

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Simon Mawer has a degree from Oxford & lives in Rome. He is the author of "Mendel's Dwarf" & several other widely praised & prize winning novels. 010 r
Published May 1, 2001 by Back Bay Books. 330 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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British author Mawer (Mendel’s Dwarf, 1998, etc.) surrounds this central situation with Father Leo’s later relationship in Rome with a rootless young woman named Magda Novotna, and with a series of flashbacks to Germany during WWII, and a German woman’s adulterous relationship, her “punishment,” ...

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He has set out to dramatise the question of truth, the most intractable question of all.

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What Newman, already shaken by the end of his affair with Madeline Brewer, does to that ancient manuscript is the ultimate betrayal in the novel, but as in so many modern interpretations of the crime of Judas, the betrayal is really the outward evidence of an affirmation of faith.

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In particular, the flashback story of Leo's mother's tragic love affair in wartime Rome slows the movement of the plot and pulls the reader away from the main theme and drama of the story --- the manuscript.

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