The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman

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At the end of her novel, as though in panicked consciousness of this, Alderman abruptly turns historian, giving a rushed account of how the Jewish Yehoshuah became the Roman Jesus...
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An award-winning writer re-imagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death.

This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down.

It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. In the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied.

Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the period - massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal - The Liars' Gospel makes the oldest story entirely new.
 

About Naomi Alderman

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Naomi Alderman is the author of Disobedience, which won the Orange Prize for New Writers and has been published in 10 languages. She contributes regularly to the Guardian and lives in London.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Holland on Sep 06 2012

At the end of her novel, as though in panicked consciousness of this, Alderman abruptly turns historian, giving a rushed account of how the Jewish Yehoshuah became the Roman Jesus...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Aug 25 2012

She paints the sweep of history through the sharp pain of human love and loss, and it is a remarkable achievement.

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