These Are The Names by Tommy Wieringa

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Bravely, in an era of secularism or religious fundamentalism, this is also a novel about the uncertain pleasures of faith. From Beg’s childless housekeeper, praying for a baby among plastic flowers and gold icons, to the prostitute punning on the last supper (“Take this body, it’s how I earn my bread”), the book raises difficult sacred questions.
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A moody, atmospheric literary thriller and “a timeless tale of migration” (The Guardian), from one of Europe’s biggest-selling authors
 
Despite its Biblical title—which comes from the opening lines of the Book of Exodus—award-winning novelist Tommy Wieringa has crafted perhaps his most timely book yet, as he traces two stories doomed to collide.
            In one, we follow a group of starving, near-feral Eurasian refugees on a harrowing quest for survival; in the other, we follow Pontus Beg, a policeman from a small border town on the steppe, as he investigates the death of a rabbi, one of the town’s two remaining Jews.
            What follows is a gripping saga in which the two stories race toward each other, and Beg will be shaken to his core by what each one reveals about man’s dark nature, and the possibility—or impossibility—of his own redemption. A virtual parable for our times, These Are the Names offers a suspenseful reading of a crisis that continues to dominate headlines, and simultaneously explores the enduring questions of faith, identity, and what it means to be “home.”
 

About Tommy Wieringa

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TOMMY WIERINGA has written several books including the novel Joe Speedboat, which won the Bordewijk Prize in 2006, was long-listed for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and nominated for the AKO Literature Prize. Wieringa lives in Amsterdam and writes for the Dutch NRC Handelsblad daily newspaper.
 
Published November 8, 2016 by Melville House. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 27 2016

A magnum opus from a leading young writer takes on the meaning of exile, identity, faith, and the limits of endurance.

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Good
Reviewed by Phoebe Taplin on Feb 21 2015

Bravely, in an era of secularism or religious fundamentalism, this is also a novel about the uncertain pleasures of faith. From Beg’s childless housekeeper, praying for a baby among plastic flowers and gold icons, to the prostitute punning on the last supper (“Take this body, it’s how I earn my bread”), the book raises difficult sacred questions.

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