I would like to put forward The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
by Josť Saramago. I will be happy to endorse any nomination for this Noble Prize winning author. I've chosen this one because I have a particular interest in fictional portrayals of key religious figures and I enjoyed Saramago's Cain
Excerpt from The Collected Novels
(Omnibus of Saramago's works):
A deft psychological portrait of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man of this earth.
This is a skeptic' s journey into the meaning of God and of human existence. At once an ironic rendering of the life of Christ and a beautiful novel, Saramago' s tale has sparked intense discussion about the meaning of Christianity and the Church as an institution.
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (original title: O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo, 1991) is a novel by the Portuguese author Josť Saramago. A fictional re-telling of Jesus Christ's life, it depicts him as a flawed, humanised character with passions and doubts. The novel garnered controversy with some critics, especially among the Roman Catholic church, accusing Saramago of possessing a "substantially anti-religious vision"., and The Wall Street Journal's columnist Stephen Schwartz, accusing him of being one of the "fanatical pope baiters". It was also praised by other critics as a "deeply philosophical, provocative and compelling work".
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There is some availability in Overdrive in Canada and the US although it's not as extensive as I would have liked. People who are able to loan ebooks through Amazon in the US might find availability also. Again, not as broadly as I would have liked.