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In this brilliant adaptation of a novel by the 19th century Greek author Emmanuel Royidis, Lawrence Durrell traces the remarkable history of a young woman who travelled across Europe in the ninth century disguised as a monk, acquired great learning, and ruled over Christendom for two years as Pope John VIII before her sudden and surprising death. When Papissa Joanna was first published in Athens in 1886 it created a sensation. The book was banned and its author excommunicated. It nevertheless brought him immediate fame and the work established itself securely in the history of modern Greek literature. Subsequently Durrell, one of the most important British writers of the 20th century, created a masterpiece in its own right—a dazzling concoction presented with the deftest touch.

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Historical novel by Emmanuel Royidis about the only female pope, adapted by Lawrence Durrell.Pope Joan traces the remarkable history of a young woman who, according to tradition, travelled across Europe in the ninth century disguised as a monk, acquired great learning and ruled over Christendom for two years as Pope John VIII before dying in childbirth.

On the book's first publication in Athens in 1886 it created a sensatian; it was banned and its author excommunicated. The work nevertheless soon established itself securely in Greek literature.

About the Author

Lawrence Durrell was born in India and spent most of his working life outside Britain, living in France, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Argentina, and Corfu. A writer of great versatility whose work included drama, poetry, and travel literature, he is probably best known for The Alexandria Quartet, which has become one of the most widely read and influential works of the century.

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Aranzazu, August 18, 2008 (view all comments by Aranzazu)
The best of this reading is how the author fells in love with sweet Joan. You'll start reading a satiric novel about Churches' hypocrisies, and will end with a moving story about humble people making a life and a dignity on their own. Beautiful, just that.
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ISBN:
9780720610659
Translator:
Greek of Emmanuel Royidis
Publisher:
Peter Owen Publishers
Translator:
Greek of Emmanuel Royidis
Author:
Durrell, Lawrence
Author:
Royidis, Emmanuel
Subject:
Religion - Church History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Peter Owen Modern Classic
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Historical novel by Emmanuel Royidis about the only female pope, adapted by Lawrence Durrell.Pope Joan traces the remarkable history of a young woman who, according to tradition, travelled across Europe in the ninth century disguised as a monk, acquired great learning and ruled over Christendom for two years as Pope John VIII before dying in childbirth.

On the book's first publication in Athens in 1886 it created a sensatian; it was banned and its author excommunicated. The work nevertheless soon established itself securely in Greek literature.

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