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After the tragic death of his wife, Katie, Tom Webster travels to modern-day Jerusalem in search of a lost love and a reason to keep on living. He finds a city haunted by ghosts and djinn, divided by warring religious factions, yet offering him no refuge from his guilt and grief. Even his passionate affair with Sharon, an old friend and lover from his college days, cannot save Tom from the madness that appears to be overcoming him, nor hide him from the mysterious, spectral woman who shadows his every step.
Only when a dying scholar entrusts him with a previously unknown Dead Sea Scroll does Tom begin to realize that his torment and bizarre hallucinations relate not only to his wife's death, but to another death that shaped the world two thousand years ago...
What woman truly haunts Tom's ordeal in Jerusalem? Sharon? Katie? Or the restless spirit of none other than Mary Magdalene?
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"The city is like a fractured mirror: you can see yourself, but you get a shock at how it comes back to you. "The city is contemporary Jerusalem, described in all the richness of its walls and gardens, shrines and religions--ancient dust, olive trees, the smell of falafel oil and balsam, mysterious writing on crumbling stones. The man who comes to find (or lose) himself there is a schoolteacher from England who quit his job in the aftermath of his wife's tragic death and a fuss about his possible involvement with a student. Graham Joyce weaves an absorbing tale about friends and lovers tugging at the delicate strands of ancient mysteries with both Islamic mythological and Christian religious elements. Requiem has ghosts, demons ("djinns"), doppelgängers, crazy people, and passionate main characters; it is a well-constructed dark novel, only flawed slightly by a listless ending. Winner of the 1996 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel.About the Author:
Graham Joyce grew up in the mining village of Keresley, near Coventry, in the United Kingdom. He finished a Master's degree in modern English and American literature at Leicester University, where he met his wife, Suzanne. He lives in Leicester, England.
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Book Description Tor Books, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0312860889
Book Description Tor Books, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st Tor ed. Seller Inventory # DADAX0312860889