The Sibyl by Pär Lagerkvist audiobook

The Sibyl

By Pär Lagerkvist
Translated by Naomi Walford
Read by Lorna Raver , Kristoffer Tabori , and Yuri Rasovsky

Blackstone Publishing
4.45 Hours Unabridged
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In this powerful, poetic, and moving parable, the Wandering Jew of medieval Christian legend journeys to Delphi to consult the famed oracle of the pagans. He is turned away, but not before learning that one of the most adept of the old priestesses, or sibyls, lives in disgrace in the mountains above the temple. In her rude goat-hut he seeks the meaning of his disastrous brush with the son of God. She reveals that she, too, has been touched by the son of a god—a very different son, not quite human, born of her own body. He dwells with her as a constant reminder of the betrayal of her mystical and erotic union with the divine: her punishment, and perhaps, her redemption.

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Nobel Prize–Winning Author

In this powerful, poetic, and moving parable, the Wandering Jew of medieval Christian legend journeys to Delphi to consult the famed oracle of the pagans. He is turned away, but not before learning that one of the most adept of the old priestesses, or sibyls, lives in disgrace in the mountains above the temple. In her rude goat-hut he seeks the meaning of his disastrous brush with the son of God. She reveals that she, too, has been touched by the son of a god—a very different son, not quite human, born of her own body. He dwells with her as a constant reminder of the betrayal of her mystical and erotic union with the divine: her punishment, and perhaps, her redemption.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A remarkable book...a disturbing and fearful fable about human and divine love, and about the glories and disasters of both.” ChicagoTribune
“Pär Lagerkvist has written another mythic tale somewhat after the pattern and dimension of Barabbas, but one in which spare narrative style rises to a heightened, surging lyricism.” Saturday Review
“A work of manifold meanings and unmistakable profundity, one that can neither be easily understood nor easily forgotten.” New Leader
“An extraordinarily absorbing story [with] a protagonist of great warmth, charm and power…for those whose faith in the novel as a living art form needs quickening…The Sibyl is unreservedly recommended.” Commonweal
“The Sibyl offers an opportunity to hear the work of a Nobel Prize-winning author whose work is not particularly well known in English…The recording uses its three narrators to good effect.” AudioFile
“A parable on divine love. It is as beautiful and easy to read as it is short…The writing is intense, simple, realistic, and poetic.” Kirkus Reviews

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 4.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English