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  • Published: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141981154
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $19.99

The Kingdom




An epic novel telling the story of Christianity as it has never been told before

Corinth, ancient Greece, two thousand years ago. An itinerant preacher, poor, wracked by illness, tells the story of a prophet who was crucified in Judea, who came back from the dead, and whose return is a sign of something enormous. Like a contagion, the story will spread over the city, the country and, eventually, the world. Emmanuel Carrère's astonishing historical epic tells the story of the mysterious beginnings of Christianity, bringing to life a distant, primeval past of strange sects, apocalyptic beliefs and political turmoil. In doing so Carrère, once himself a fervent believer, questions his own faith, asks why we believe in resurrection, and what it means. The Kingdom is his masterpiece.

  • Published: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141981154
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $19.99

Praise for The Kingdom

Brilliant, shocking... also witty, painfully self-critical and humane... it is a work of great literature

Tim Whitmarsh, Guardian

An utterly brilliant book... Carrère is a vivid guide and a knowledgeable one

Catherine Nixey, The Times

A novelised memoir that vividly captures the drama of the Christian experience... A celebration of religious imagination - Catholic, French, Judaic, Hellenic - The Kingdom has been a runaway bestseller in France. In Britain, it may succeed as a relief and an antidote

John Cornwell, Financial Times

There are few great writers in France today, and Emmanuel Carrère is one of them

Paris Review

Emmanuel Carrère is said by many to be one of the best writers in France, if not Europe... The Kingdom, a huge bestseller in France, is thrilling, magnificent and strange

Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

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