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Requiemby Graham Joyce
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After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Webster travels to Jerusalem in search of a friend from his college days. The haunted city, divided by warring religious factions, offers him no refuge from his guilt and grief. As he is wandering through the streets and the archaeological sites, a mysterious old woman appears to Tom and delivers messages that seem beyond his comprehension. But a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls that had been kept hidden by an old Jewish innkeeper appears to offer the key to understanding the apparition. Driven to the edge of insanity, Tom believes the spirit of Mary Magdalene is trying to reveal the hidden history of the Resurrection, and he struggles to reconcile the distant past with his own future before the threads of his identity unravel.
"Joyce explores the shape and the texture of truth, walks the thin line between the religious and the sexual, and makes readers marbel at the power of the spirit and the psyche....The book generates the suspence of a fine thriller; in its pursuit of religious themes, it is as piercing as any theological exploration; and as a haunting expression of magic realism, it evokes the work of Gabriel Garcia Márquez." Booklist
"A profoundly mysterious fantasy with its roots deep in truth; awesome and beautiful and terrifying. I wish I could write half as eloquently." Ramsey Campbell
"Graham Joyce writes the kind of novels we keep hoping to find, but rarely do. Requiem holds a lot of magic in its hand and is only waiting for you to come along so it can share some with you." Jonathan Carroll
Nominated for the World Fantasy Award and named one of "Locus's" best books of 1996, "Requiem" is set in modern-day Jerusalem, and tells an engrossing tale of miracles, madness, and the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls. ""Requiem" is that rare joy, the perfect book that you didn't expect".--"Interzone".
A tale of secrets and miracles
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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