So begins Christos Tsiolkas’ extraordinary new novel Damascus, a fictional account of the chaotic years after the crucifixion of Jesus, when Saul becomes Paul, vicious persecutor becomes passionate proselytiser, and in oppression is born a cult of belief that becomes one of the world’s most powerful religions. Linking Christos’ remarkable yet disparate body of work is the ambition, bold vision and uncompromising muscularity of his writing, all powerfully present in the visceral, vivid world of Damascus.
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Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels, including Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award, The Slap, which won awards including Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal, the Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year, and, most recently, Damascus. He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer.
David Marr has written for Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly, and has served as editor of the National Times, reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson), Panic and six bestselling Quarterly Essays, including his arresting essay on George Pell, The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell, recently updated and expanded into a book.