From The New York Times
best-selling author of The Crimson Petal and the White,
Michel Faber’s The Fire Gospel
is a wickedly funny, acid-tongued, media-savvy picaresque that delves into our sensationalist culture.
Theo Griepenkerl, a Canadian linguistics scholar, is sent to Iraq
in search of artifacts that have survived the destruction and looting of the war. While visiting a museum in Mosul
, he finds nine papyrus scrolls tucked in the belly of a basrelief sculpture: they have been perfectly preserved for more than two thousand years. After smuggling them out of Iraq
and translating them from Aramaic, Theo realizes the extent of his career-making find, for he is in possession of the Fifth Gospel, and it offers a shocking and incomparable eyewitness account of Christ’s crucifixion and last days on Earth. A hugely entertaining, and by turns shocking story, The Fire Gospel
is a smart, stylish, and suspenseful novel.