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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1991)

by José Saramago

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With The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, Jose Saramago has once again shown that he is a master wordsmith. Although I can sing his praises all I want in terms of this book, the fact remains that he originally wrote it in Portuguese and I can’t read that language. So a great deal of credit must also go to the translator of this book, Giovanni Pontiero.

The book is a retelling of the life of Jesus Christ mainly focusing on the time before his ministry. Now I must admit, I don't particularly like the Bible, but this book was quite good. There isn't really much to say about it. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
Éste es mi primer libro de José Saramago, y me dejó impactado de principio a fin. El estilo de su prosa es ágil y poético, te hace ver cada una de las cosas descritas por primera vez.

Es difícil acostumbrarse al principio a la forma en la que están escritos los diálogos, pero ya que se uno se aclimata hace que la lectura sea trepidante. Además, la historia no deja de ser novedosa, al llenar con imaginación desbordante los huecos dejados por los evangelios antiguos. Los personajes son todos complejos y fascinantes, las descripciones son geniales y el entramado de la novela es satisfactorio.

Ahora que lo termino me siento emocionado por el prospecto de leer más libros de Saramago. ( )
  LeoOrozco | Feb 26, 2019 |
Saramago continua ad essere Saramago, il romanzo non snatura il suo stile. Ma per essere una rivisitazione (e critica) del Vangelo, il fatto che piu' della meta' del testo sia inventato di sana pianta e non faccia riferimento alle vicende raccontate nel testo sacro delude un po' le aspettative. Inoltre si dilunga sull'infanzia e sugli eventi precedenti la vita pubblica, mentre relega quest'ultima parte, e soprattutto la Passione (che nel Vangelo canonico racchiude quasi tutto il significato della vita di Cristo) a poche pagine a volte un po' trascurate rispetto al resto del romanzo.
Una lettura interessante, ma per gli amanti di Saramago e/o del suo stile, per conoscere la sua visione sulla figura di Gesu' Cristo; meno per chi cerca qualcosa strettamente collegato alle sacre scritture. ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
An achingly beautiful book, recasting Christ as a tragic but human figure, with a god who belongs more to Greek religion to Christianity. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Oct 25, 2016 |
Beyond its original gimmick as the reimagined life of a very human Jesus written primarily in jest and provocation, the novel is a good refresher course in biblical events - albeit with a realistic twist, God permitting - but also discusses the influences of power, the way it acts on the people wielding the power and the people under the control of such a power - Wretched are we who not only practise the evil which is ours by nature, but who must also serve as an instrument of evil for those who abuse their power. -, but particularly, the way religion enforces itself, In other words, your God is the only warden of a prison where the only captive is your God. I also enjoyed a little note on language, about how Mary, mother of Jesus, is not moral nor upright, but only because the language itself did not permit a feminine form. Other than that, there were some oddly fanatical feet washing, Jesus trying to impress Mary Magdalene about how less of a mother's boy he is, a very nice first chapter lesson on biblical art history, and occasional incongruous interruptions from the narrator with anachronisms from our modern world.

Overall, it's a simple premise, elevated by the author's idiosyncratic prose and dissection of power dynamics. The title itself should be obvious to potential readers: don't read it if you know you're going to be outrageously offended. ( )
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Quod scripsi, scripsi. - Pilatus
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Come tutti i figli degli uomini, il figlio di Giuseppe e Maria nacque sporco del sangue di sua madre, vischioso delle sue mucosità e soffrendo in silenzio. Pianse perché lo fecero piangere, e avrebbe pianto per quest'unico e solo motivo.
Una nuvola, alta come due uomini, simile a una colonna di fumo lentamente vorticante su se stessa, era lì davanti a lui, e la voce proveniva da essa. Chi mi parla, domandò Gesù, rabbrividendo, ma immaginando già la risposta. La voce disse, Io sono il Signore, e Gesù seppe perché aveva dovuto spogliarsi al limite del deserto. Mi hai fatto venire qui, che cosa vuoi da me, domandò. Per ora niente, ma un giorno da te vorrò tutto.
Gesù muore, muore, e quando la vita comincia ad abbandonarlo, all'improvviso, il cielo sopra il suo capo si spalanca e appare Dio, vestito come sulla barca, e la sua voce risuona per tutta la terra, Tu sei il mio diletto figlio, in te ho riposto la mia gratificazione. Allora Gesù capì di essere stato portato all'inganno come si conduce l'agnello al sacrificio, che la sua vita era destinata a questa morte, fin dal principio e, ripensando al fiume di sangue e di sofferenza che sarebbe nato spargendosi per tutta la terra, esclamò rivolto al cielo, dove Dio sorrideva, Uomini, perdonatelo, perché non sa quello che ha fatto.
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A wry, fictional account of the life of Christ by Nobel laureate José Saramago

 

A brilliant skeptic, José Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. His idea of the Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, and—as only Saramago can—he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen. The result is a deft psychological portrait that moves between poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man. In this provocative, tender novel, the subject of wide critical discussion and wonder, Saramago questions the meaning of God, the foundations of the Church, and human existence itself.

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This is a skeptic ?s journey into the meaning of God and of human existence. At once an ironic rendering of the life of Christ and a beautiful novel, Saramago ?s tale has sparked intense discussion about the meaning of Christianity and the Church as an institution. For Jos? Saramago, the life of Jesus Christ and the story of His Passion are things of this earth: A child crying, a gust of wind, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat or the bark of a dog, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. The Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, but this is realism filled with vision, dream and omen.… (more)

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