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Coming in April 2013: A major one-woman Broadway show starring Fiona Shaw, directed by Deborah Warner, and produced by Scott Rudin. Colm Tóibín's provocative, haunting, and indelible portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel—her keepers, who provide her with food and shelter and visit her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it;” nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples. Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and is equally harsh on her judgement of others. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibín’s tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

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"Tóibín (Brooklyn) has chosen Jesus' mother as the narrator of his poignant reimagining of the last days of Christ. Mary doesn't think her son is the son of God; in fact, she's convinced that he's simply running with the wrong crowd, 'Something about the earnestness of those young men repelled me... the sense that there was something missing in each one of them.' But when she recounts the story of Lazarus's return from the grave, she presents no other explanation than that of his sisters, that Jesus was the one who brought him back. At the wedding at Cana, she sees Lazarus for herself and finds that 'he was in possession of a knowledge that seemed to me to have unnerved him; he had tasted something or seen or heard something which had filled him with the purest pain....' This beautiful novella turns on who or what Mary should believe about her son's life and death — and on a mother's grief: 'I saw that once again he was trying to remove the thorns that were cutting into his forehead and the back of his head and, failing to do anything to help himself, he lifted his head for a moment and his eyes caught mine.' Agent: Rogers, Coleridge & White." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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PROVOCATIVE, HAUNTING AND INDELIBLE, Colm Tóibíns portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her sons crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it”; nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples.

Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibíns tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's provocative, haunting, and indelible portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel—her keepers, who provide her with food and shelter and visit her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it;” nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples. Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and is equally harsh on her judgement of others. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibín’s tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

About the Author

Colm Tóibín was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of six novels, including The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Brooklyn, winner of a Costa Book AwardTwice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York. His play The Testament of Mary, starring Fiona Shaw, directed by Deborah Warner, and produced by Scott Rudin, opens on Broadway April 29, 2013.

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Laurie Mitchell, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Laurie Mitchell)
It will forever change your perception of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
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Susmita, December 15, 2012 (view all comments by Susmita)
Haunting, lovely novella describing the events preceding the Crucifixion from Mary's perspective as a mother of a son, not as the mother of the Son of God.
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9781451688382
Author:
Toibin, Colm
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Religion Western-Religious Fiction
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Subject:
man booker prize; ireland; wexford; dublin; inniscorthy; pen festival; lambda; gay fiction; irish fiction; literary fiction; costa book award; stanford; princeton; columbia; UT Austin; IMPAC award; the master; nora webster; brooklyn; nypl; new yorker; tes
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Tóibín (Brooklyn) has chosen Jesus' mother as the narrator of his poignant reimagining of the last days of Christ. Mary doesn't think her son is the son of God; in fact, she's convinced that he's simply running with the wrong crowd, 'Something about the earnestness of those young men repelled me... the sense that there was something missing in each one of them.' But when she recounts the story of Lazarus's return from the grave, she presents no other explanation than that of his sisters, that Jesus was the one who brought him back. At the wedding at Cana, she sees Lazarus for herself and finds that 'he was in possession of a knowledge that seemed to me to have unnerved him; he had tasted something or seen or heard something which had filled him with the purest pain....' This beautiful novella turns on who or what Mary should believe about her son's life and death — and on a mother's grief: 'I saw that once again he was trying to remove the thorns that were cutting into his forehead and the back of his head and, failing to do anything to help himself, he lifted his head for a moment and his eyes caught mine.' Agent: Rogers, Coleridge & White." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , PROVOCATIVE, HAUNTING AND INDELIBLE, Colm Tóibíns portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her sons crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it”; nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples.

Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibíns tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

"Synopsis" by , Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's provocative, haunting, and indelible portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel—her keepers, who provide her with food and shelter and visit her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it;” nor that the “group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,” were holy disciples. Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died—she fled, to save herself), and is equally harsh on her judgement of others. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibín’s tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

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