The Final Testament
Author: James Frey
Publisher: Hachette UK
James Frey isn't like other writers. He's been called a liar. A cheat. A con man. He's been called a saviour. A revolutionary. A genius. He's been sued by readers. Dropped by publishers because of his controversies. Berated by TV talk-show hosts and condemned by the media. He's been exiled from America, and driven into hiding. He's also a bestselling phenomenon. Published in 38 languages, and beloved by readers around the world. What scares people about Frey is that he plays with truth; that fine line between fact and fiction. Now he has written his greatest work, his most revolutionary, his most controversial. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. What would you do if you discovered the Messiah were alive today? Living in New York. Sleeping with men. Impregnating young women. Euthanizing the dying, and healing the sick. Defying the government, and condemning the holy. What would you do if you met him? And he changed your life. Would you believe? Would you? The Final Testament of the Holy Bible . It will change you. Hurt you. Scare you. Make you think differently. Live differently Enrage you. Offend you. Open your eyes to the world in which we live. We've waited 2,000 years for the Messiah to arrive. We've waited 2,000 years for this book to be written. He was here. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible is the story of his life.
James Frey non è come gli altri scrittori. È stato accusato di essere un bugiardo. Un impostore. Un traditore. È stato definito un salvatore. Un rivoluzionario. Un genio. I lettori gli hanno fatto causa. Gli editori americani lo hanno dato in pasto ai media senza difenderlo. Per un po' si è sentito costretto a lasciare l'America. È anche un fenomeno best seller, amato dai lettori di tutto il mondo. Ciò che fa paura a molti è che Frey gioca con la verità, sempre sulla linea sottile tra fatti e finzione. Ora ha scritto il suo romanzo più rivoluzionario, più controverso. Che cosa fareste se scopriste che il Messia è vivo? Oggi. A New York. Che fa l'amore con uomini e donne. Che pratica l'eutanasia ai morenti e guarisce i malati. Che sfida i governi e condanna l'ordine religioso. Che cosa fareste se vi capitasse di incontrarlo? Se cambiasse la vostra vita. Gli credereste? L'Ultimo Testamento della Sacra Bibbia. Vi sconvolgerà. Vi ferirà. Vi farà paura. Vi farà arrabbiare. Vi farà pensare in modo diverso. Vivere in modo diverso. Vi aprirà gli occhi sul mondo in cui viviamo. Abbiamo aspettato duemila anni l'arrivo del Messia. Lui era qui. Questo libro racconta la sua storia.
Author: Will Self
Publisher: Canongate Books
The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.
The earliest of the four Gospels, the book portrays Jesus as an enigmatic figure, struggling with enemies, his inner and external demons, and with his devoted but disconcerted disciples. Unlike other gospels, his parables are obscure, to be explained secretly to his followers. With an introduction by Nick Cave
My Friend Leonard
Author: James Frey
Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcohol addiction-and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate. James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes back into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his "son" lucrative—if illegal and slightly dangerous—employment. He teaches James to enjoy life, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of "living boldly," pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life together. Both Leonard's and James's careers flourish…but then Leonard vanishes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways. My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges—displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity—without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human.
The Second Coming
Author: John Niven
Publisher: Random House
God takes a look at the Earth around the time of the Renaissance and everything looks pretty good – so he takes a holiday. In Heaven-time this is just a week’s fishing trip, but on Earth several hundred years go by. When God returns, he finds all hell has broken loose: world wars, holocausts, famine, capitalism and ‘fucking Christians everywhere’. There’s only one thing for it. They’re sending the kid back. JC, reborn, is a struggling musician in New York City, trying to teach the one true commandment: Be Nice! His best chance to win hearts and minds is to enter American Pop Star. But the number one show in America is the unholy creation of a record executive who’s more than a match for the Son of God ... Steven Stelfox.
Author: Mordecai Richler
Charged with comic energy and a steely disregard for any pieties whatsoever, Barney's Version is a major Richler novel, the most personal and feeling book of a long and distinguished career. Told in the first person, it gives us the life (and what a life!) of Barney Panofsky--whose trashy TV company, Totally Useless Productions, has made him a small fortune; whose three wives include a martyred feminist icon, a quintessential JCP (Jewish-Canadian Princess), and the incomparable Miriam, the perfect wife, lover, and mother--alas, now married to another man; who recalls with nostalgia and pain his young manhood in the Paris of the early fifties, and his lifelong passion for wine, women, and the Montreal Canadiens; who either did or didn't murder his best friend, Boogie, after discovering him in bed with The Second Mrs. Panofsky; whose satirical eye for the idiocies of today's Quebec separatists (as well as for every other kind of political correctness) manages to offend his entire acquaintanceship (and will soon be offending readers everywhere); and whose memory--though not his bile--is, in his sixty-seventh year, definitely slipping . . . From the Hardcover edition.
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh, David Steindl-Rast, Elaine Pagels
A Vietnamese monk and Buddhist teacher explores the common ground of Christianity and Buddhism on such subjects as compassion and holiness, and offers inspiration to believers in both religions.
The Gospel of John
Author: Judith Schubert
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
The Gospel of John: Question by Question provides useful material and a format that will enhance both introductory courses in the Gospel of John and adult study groups. Other publications on the topic offer comments on every chapter of the Gospel or topical explanations of the Gospel's subject matter. This book combines these two practices often in that it provides brief commentary on biblical texts and periodically provides background on a topic relative to the Gospel. The book consists of twenty chapters. Each chapter includes an Introduction of pertinent information that will be helpful before reading the biblical text. One of the main features of the book surfaces in the Questions that appear in each chapter, which help clarify the meaning and message of the text and its context. These questions intend to clarify the issues of each chapter by raising an inquiry into an unclear issue. Answers appear in the second section of the book so as to provide the opportunity for the reader to discover the answer before turning to responses that have been provided for each question. At the end of the Questions in each chapter, a Conclusion will summarize the chapter and advance the reader to the next chapter.