Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
A sweeping fictional account of the early Christians, whose unlikely beliefs conquered the world
Gripped by the tale of a Messiah whose blood we drink and body we eat, the genre-defying author Emmanuel Carrère revisits the story of the early Church in his latest work. With an idiosyncratic and at times iconoclastic take on the charms and foibles of the Church fathers, Carrère ferries readers through his “doors” into the biblical narrative. Once inside, he follows the ragtag group of early Christians through the tumultuous days of the faith’s founding.
Shouldering biblical scholarship like a camcorder, Carrère recreates the climate of the New Testament with the acumen of a seasoned storyteller, intertwining his own reckoning of the central tenets of the faith with the lives of the first Christians. Carrère puts himself in the shoes of Saint Paul and above all Saint Luke, charting Luke’s encounter with the marginal Jewish sect that eventually became Christianity and retracing his investigation of its founder, an obscure religious freak who died under notorious circumstances.
Boldly blending scholarship with speculation, memoir with journalistic muckraking, Carrère sets out on a headlong chase through the latter part of the Bible, drawing out protagonists who believed they were caught up in the most important events of their time.
An expansive and clever meditation on belief, The Kingdom chronicles the advent of a religion and the ongoing quest to find a place within it.
“The Kingdom becomes a story of the telling of the world’s most famous story and an inquiry into how storytelling works that pushes, not infrequently, against the limits of what can be said.
New York Magazine
“A masterwork…Placing such a demanding yet exhilarating work into any single genre is nearly impossible. The only category it really belongs in is tour de force.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Memoir, fiction, and history combine in a stirring portrayal of the world of the first Christians…A passionate, digressive, empathetic history of religious rebels and the mystery of faith.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A frequently fascinating book written by a curious, sharp mind.”
“A provocative book, expertly read, this is a historical reconstruction for believers, and even more so, for nonbelievers.”
“An extended look at a spiritual crisis of earlier years…Reads less like fiction than accessible, brightly penned history.”
“Personal and rigorous, skeptical and open, casual and profound, and its speculative portrait of Saint Luke…is as compelling as any fictional life I’ve read lately.”
Luc Sante, author of The Other Paris
“Carrère is one of our planet’s most compelling, inimitable writers, and The Kingdom is, in my view, his greatest book yet.”
Tom Bissell, author of Apostle
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.
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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio
- Genre: Fiction/Historical
- ISBN-13: 9781441743756