Damascus

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AUTHOR
Christos Tsiolkas
DIMENSION
3,80 MB
FILE NAME
Damascus.pdf
ISBN
5882407498756

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WINNER - Best Fiction, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 'They kill us, they crucify us, they throw us to beasts in the arena, they sew our lips together and watch us starve. They bugger children in front of their mothers and violate men in front of their wives. The temple priests flay us openly in the streets. We are hunted everywhere and we are hunted by everyone ... We are despised, yet we grow. We are tortured and crucified and yet we flourish. We are hated and still we multiply. Why is that? You have to wonder, how is it that we not only survive but we grow stronger?' Christos Tsiolkas' stunning new novel Damascus is a work of soaring ambition and achievement, of immense power and epic scope, taking as its subject nothing less than events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, and focusing on characters one and two generations on from the death of Christ, as well as Paul (Saul) himself, Damascus nevertheless explores the themes that have always obsessed Tsiolkas as a writer: class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, exile; the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided - it's all here, the contemporary and urgent questions, perennial concerns made vivid and visceral. In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice.

It is also a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world. Unfortunately, the city is partly destroyed by the devastating war that has been raging for seven and a half years now, but unlike the rest of the country, the major part of the city center remained the same just like before the war, except for roadblocks that are ... Damascus has many historical sites dating back to many different periods of the city's history.

I appreciate that Damascus is fiction, but Tsiolkas' obsession with the Gnostics and apocryphal writers (even consulting the Quran) as his sources is mystifying. Also the academics Tsolkias' consults are atheists of varying degrees.

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