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Testament (Paperback): Nino Ricci Testament (Paperback)
Nino Ricci
R608 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R91 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A stunning fictional biography, Testament presents the earthly life of Jesus from the perspectives of four fascinating figures. In powerful accounts colored by their own beliefs and desires, the following men and women tell the captivating story:
Yihuda of Qiryat (Judas Iscariot), a freedom fighter working for Rome's overthrow who is drawn to the charismatic teacher; Miryam of Migdal (Mary Magdalene), a disciple who finds in Jesus' presence the intellectual stimulation that society has denied her; Miryam (Mary), the mother of Jesus, who has a complex relationship with her precocious son; Simon of Gergesa, a plainspoken shepherd who travels to Jerusalem and witnesses the last days of the Jewish preacher.
With exquisite detail, Nino Ricci offers a vivid and provocative portrait of the historical Jesus, an ordinary man living in a time of political turmoil and spiritual uncertainty. TEST

The Origin of Species (Paperback): Nino Ricci The Origin of Species (Paperback)
Nino Ricci
R430 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R25 (6%) Out of stock

"Winner of the 2008 Governor General's Award for Fiction
"Montreal during the turbulent mid-1980s: Chernobyl has set Geiger counters thrumming across the globe, HIV/AIDS is cutting a deadly swath through the gay population worldwide, and locally, tempers are flaring over the recent codification of French as the official language of Quebec. Hiding out in a seedy apartment near campus, Alex Fratarcangeli ("Don't worry. . . . I can't even pronounce it myself"), an awkward, thirty-something grad student, is plagued by the sensation that his entire life is a fraud. Scarred by a distant father and a dangerous relationship with his ex Liz, and consumed by a floundering dissertation linking Darwin's theory of evolution with the history of human narrative, Alex has come to view love and other human emotions as "evolutionary surplus, haphazard neural responses that nature had latched onto for its own insidious purposes." When Alex receives a letter from Ingrid, the beautiful woman he knew years ago in Sweden, notifying him of the existence of his five-year-old son, he is gripped by a paralytic terror. Whenever Alex's thoughts grow darkest, he recalls Desmond, the British professor with dubious credentials whom he met years ago in the Galapagos. Treacherous and despicable, wearing his ignominy like his rumpled jacket, Desmond nonetheless caught Alex in his thrall and led him to some life-altering truths during their weeks exploring Darwin's islands together. It is only now that Alex can begin to comprehend these unlikely life lessons, and see a glimmer of hope shining through what he had thought was meaninglessness.

Where She Has Gone (Paperback): Nino Ricci Where She Has Gone (Paperback)
Nino Ricci
R466 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R88 (19%) Out of stock

Set in Toronto and Italy, this powerful sequel to "In a Glass House" explores the sometimes forbidden aspect of desire and one's longing for what is unrecoverable. Victor Innocente remeets his half-sister in Toronto, shortly after his father's death. Uneasy with their new proximity in each other's lives, they are at first restrained. But gradually what is unspoken between them comes closer to the surface, setting in motion a course of events that will take Victor back to Valle del Sole in Italy, the place of his birth. It is there, where the story had its strange beginning twenty years earlier, that he confronts his past, its secrets and its revelations. Poignant, gripping, and written in luminous, highly charged prose, "Where She Has Gone "is an unforgettable novel - for its vivid portrayal of character and place, and for its extraordinarily moving encounter with the past.

In a Glass House (Paperback): Nino Ricci In a Glass House (Paperback)
Nino Ricci
R473 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R88 (19%) Out of stock

After a harrowing voyage from Italy, during which his mother died, seven-year-old Vittorio arrives in Canada with his newborn half-sister, and is reunited with his estranged father, a dark, isolated, and angry figure he hardly knows. The story that follows spans two decades of Vittorio's life within an immigrant Italian farming community in Southwestern Ontario, through his university years, and then into Africa where he goes to teach. At the centre of Vittorio's existence is his strained relationship with his father and with his half-sister, Rita. "In a Glass House" is a haunting tale about perseverance and longed-for redemption. Ricci juxtaposes the intimate, complex world of family, with "its shadowy intricate web of alliances," against the dislocations of the immigrant experience. The result is a richly textured and memorable novel.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Testament (Paperback): Nino Ricci Testament (Paperback)
Nino Ricci
R474 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R81 (17%) Out of stock

""My starting point was that this character was not divine.""
"From Governor General's Award-winner Nino Ricci, one of Canada's most highly acclaimed literary voices, Testament is a bold work of historical fiction. Set in a remote corner of the Roman Empire at a moment of political unrest and spiritual uncertainty, it re-tells the life of a holy man of enormous charisma who alters the course of human history. Grounded in extensive research, and written with the poetic sensibility that has earned Ricci an international reputation, Testament""vividly recreates first-century Palestine in elegant but accessible prose to explore the story of the man we know as Jesus.
Testament at once distances us from the familiar accounts by using Hebrew and Aramaic names. Moreover, he offers the story of Yeshua (Jesus) through the eyes and testimony of four fictional followers, reminiscent of yet utterly different from the Gospels, giving fresh perspective and a captivating narrative to an age-old story.
- Yihuda of Qiryat (Judas Iscariot) is a rebel freedom fighter working for Rome's overthrow, who sees Yeshua come in from the desert. He is drawn to him; and yet he is full of doubt, always an outsider, too intellectual to simply accept and be accepted. "Tell me your secret," he thinks, "make me new."
- Miryam of Migdal (Mary Magdalene), whose family make a living curing fish, is captivated by the way Jesus includes her among his followers, who he encourages to ask questions and challenge him. For this woman, kept back by society from intellectual stimulation, he "reached inside me with his words to touch the inmost part of me."
- Yeshua's mother Miryam tells us plainly that he was the result of a rape by a Roman legate; she was forced to marry an old man named Yehoceph, and give birth in his rough lodgings. Her eldest son quickly set himself apart from his siblings. She shows how he learned from different teachers, always quick to challenge received knowledge.
- Finally, we read the account of Simon of Gergesa, a Greek shepherd who sees Jesus with hundreds of followers on a hill across the lake, and comes to the shore to hear him. This was strange enough, for a Jew, to come out in search of us Syrians and Greeks. Simon, who finds great sense in Jesus' teachings, relates to us the last days of the Jewish preacher.
Nino Ricci says: "From the outset I assumed that Jesus was somebody who, in whatever way, was greater than I was, someone I wasn't going to get to the bottom of." So he used the technique of circling around the subject, giving different facets, trying to show by suggestion something that cannot be simply explained. "You can't describe the light and you can't portray the light, but you know the light is there because it is casting shadows." In these overlapping narratives with varying interpretations, each narrator seeing the holy man according to his or her needs, we also see how the story may have been transformed through countless retellings.
"I don't think he saw himself as the Son of God. I think that was a later overlay." Ricci is not the first novelist to approach this central figure of Western civilization notable others include D.H. Lawrence, Nikos Kazantzakis (who aroused much anger with his Last Temptation of Christ), Anthony Burgess, Jose Saramago, Norman Mailer, recently Jim Crace. However, Ricci ignored the divine element, using naturalistic explanations for the Bible's miraculous events. "I find it much more interesting to think of him as having been a real person...who tries to change things in a human way with only human powers. To me that makes him a great man -- and a model."
For research, Ricci travelled to Israel and Jordan to visit the Biblical sites; for an understanding of ancient Mediterranean peoples, he drew on knowledge of Italian folk culture and his experience with tribal peoples in Africa. He also read widely and deeply, from the Roman historian Josephus to contemporary academic works by a group of American scholars called the Jesus Seminar, especially John Dominic Crossan's The Historical Jesus. Though controversial elements of the story drew some accusations of blasphemy, even the portrait of the virgin birth as a rape is grounded in research. Ricci did not expect true believers to be his readers, given the premise that Jesus was not divine.
"Canadians tend to be tolerant of other points of view," however, says Ricci, and he finds controversy refreshing as long as it sparks analysis and discussion. The Jesus of Testament is a revolutionary teacher who continually challenges people and forces them to think for themselves. "Most writers feel it's their job to stir up the pot a bit. If you're not doing that, why bother?" The book has captivated many readers and provides much scope for debate with its bold depiction of Jesus. "Do I believe that it somehow represents the truth of who Jesus was? No. But I believe that it gives a way of understanding his character that sheds light on who he may have been."

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