The Testament of Mary

The Testament of Mary

PROVOCATIVE, HAUNTING AND INDELIBLE, Colm Tóibín’s portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly.… (more)

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Slim, slippery and unsettling, The Testament of Mary is best read at one sitting.

"The Testament of Mary" is a very simple - one might say classical - tale, showing how violence, even redemptive violence, frustrates our attempts to make sense of it.

Lovely, understated and powerfully sad, The Testament of Mary finally gives the mother of Jesus a chance to speak. And, given that chance, she throws aside the blue veil of the Madonna to become wholly, gloriously human.


Book Details  


Publisher: Scribner (November 13, 2012)

Collection: Scribner

Parent ISBN: 9781451692389

Page count: 96 pages

File size: 1.8 MB

Language: English


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