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“Duncan’s witty and perverse, yet somehow life-affirming. Readers . . . won’t want to put [I, Lucifer] down.” Brendan Driscoll, Booklist
978-0-8021-4014-2 • $16.00 • Paperback • May 2003
Shortlisted for the Geoffrey Faber Award, I, Lucifer is a satirical tour de force fueled by a scorching, hyper-intelligent wit that burns up the pages.
The End is nigh, and the Prince of Darkness has been given one last shot at redemption, if he can manage to live out a reasonably blameless life on earth. As a trial run, he negotiates a month of "trying without buying" in the body of struggling writer Declan Gunn. Lucifer seizes the opportunity to binge on earthly delights, to straighten the biblical record, to celebrate his favorite achievements, and to try to get his screenplay sold, but the experience of walking among us isn't what His Majesty expected: instead of teaching us what it's like to be him, Lucifer finds himself understanding what it's like to be human. The result is "a masterpiece . . . startlingly witty, original, and beautifully written. Glen Duncan is a very real talent" (Good Book Guide).