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Thirst (Paperback)

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By Amélie Nothomb, Alison Anderson (Translator)
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Thirst. Love. Death. These three pillars of life follow Jesus through his final night and during his crucifixion. To quench one's thirst is to experience life's ultimate pleasures, whether that be a spiritual, romantic, or literal thirst. Through this narrative of past, present, and future, we see the miracles that led Jesus to be condemned, and the reality of said condemnation. This narrative, rather than focusing on the divine, focuses on the human. We see a side of one of history's largest figures reflected in the quiet moments of life, and ultimately, death. Add this story to your shelf to see the beauty in a moment of reflection, in a quenching of one's thirst from a glass of water.


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In her twenty-eighth novel in as many years, best-selling Belgian novelist and international literary superstar Am lie Nothomb takes on a story for the ages: the life of Jesus.

In a first-person voice as droll and irreverent as it is wise, Nothomb narrates Jesus's final days, from his trial to his crucifixion to the resurrection.

Amid asides about his relationships with his mother and Judas, his love for Mary Magdalene, and his many miracles, we find a man struggling with his humanity and his exceptional nature, straddling the line between human and deity, the son of a formless, omnipotent creator in the fallible form of a man.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609456603
ISBN-10: 1609456602
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
Pages: 96
Language: English