Title: My Name Was Judas
Publisher: Harvill Secker (2006), London
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition.
New Zealand author. First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 81326
Synopsis: We all know the story of Jesus told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but what about the version according to Judas? Judas's name became synonymous with betrayer, but is that how he saw it himself? In this witty, original and teasingly controversial account, some forty years after the death of Jesus, Judas finally tells the story as he remembers it. Looking back on his childhood and youth from an old age the gospel writers denied him, Judas recalls his friendship with Jesus; their schooling together; their families; the people who would go on to be disciples and followers; their journeys together and their dealings with the powers of Rome and the Temple. His is a story of friendship and rivalry, of a time of uncertainty and enquiry, a testing of belief, endurance and loyalty. With his richly painted backdrop of ancient Palestine, Stead goes beyond the boundaries of the story known to us all and convincingly enters the mind of one of its key players. This bold novel, with its wonderfully clear narrative prose, is fresh, provocative and compelling.
"A tremendously well-paced, moving narrative" -- City AM
"Written with glowing simplicity and rich in delicate humour" -- Daily Telegraph
"brilliantly imagined ... clever, moving and sometimes witty, with
fully human characters - [it] is nothing short of a revelation" -- Herald
"elegant, calm novel...Stead writes a cool, reasonable prose" -- Guardian
"one of the best (English language novels) I read" -- Scotsman Saturday Fiction Round Up. Rev by Allan Massie.
'CK Stead, New Zealand's most distinguished man of letters has
written a fiction that is remarkable, intelligent and moving'
-- Scotsman, 25 October 2006
Rev by Eileen Battersby.
-- The Irish Times
a 'distinguished novelist'
-- Private Eye
the charisma of Jesus is plausibly drawn
-- Time Out
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