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Damascus Gate (Paperback)

Author:  Robert Stone
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0547599382
ISBN-13: 9780547599380
Sku: 219464219
Publish Date: 9/1/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  500
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Each year, it seemed, the equinoctial moon inspired stranger and stranger doings, usually vaguely Pentecostal in spirit, the spontaneous outpourings of many lands. Once, to be a Protestant had meant to be a decent Yankee schoolmarm or kindly clerical milord. No longer. There had commenced a regular Easter Parade, replete with odd headgear. Anglophone crazies bearing monster sandwich boards screeched empty-eyed into megaphones. Entire platoons of costumed Latin Cristos, dripping blood both real and simulated, appeared on the Via Dolorosa, while their wives and girlfriends sang in tongues or went into convulsions.
Jerusalem: home to seekers, heretics, hustlers, and madmen of many faiths. In this most fractious city, a plot unfolds to bomb the sacred Temple Mount.
Christopher Lucas, an expatriate American journalist, stumbles upon the plot while investigating religious fanatics. Entangled in the intrigue are a nightclub singer, an unstable Jewish guru, a strung-out Kabbalist seeking the messiah, and a soldier of fortune routinely found at the world''s violent clashes. A confrontation in Gaza, a chase through riot-filled streets, a cat-and-mouse game in an underground maze--as Lucas races against time, he uncovers the duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem''s sacred struggle.
An explosive 1998 bestseller, "Damascus Gate "lays bare the dangers at the fringes of faith.
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Jerusalem: home to seekers, heretics, hustlers, and madmen of many faiths. In this most fractious city, a plot unfolds to bomb the sacred Temple Mount.||Christopher Lucas, an expatriate American journalist, stumbles upon the plot while investigating religious fanatics. Entangled in the the intrigue are a nightclub singer; an unstable Jewish guru; a strung-out Kabbalist seeking the messiah; and a soldier of fortune routinely found at the world's violent clashes. A confrontation at the Gaza Strip, a chase through riot-filled streets, a cat-and-mouse game in an underground maze--as Lucas races against time, he uncovers the duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem's sacred struggle.||An explosive 1998 bestseller, Damascus Gate lays bare the dangers at the fringes of faith.
Annotation:
This novel of politics, faith, and betrayal is set in Jerusalem in the early 1990s. It describes the political and military tensions that erupt when a group of Christians announces plans to rebuild the Temple of Herod. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998, DAMASCUS GATE was also nominated for a National Book Award.
Author Bio
Robert Stone
Born in New York City and reared in Brooklyn, Robert Stone attended NYU and Stanford University. He has acknowledged the influences of Hemingway and the Beats on his work. Known for his emphasis on down-and-out characters, one critic said of him, "He is the apostle of strung out."

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"Stone's boldest and, arguably, best novel is this year's 'Mason & Dixon' or 'Underworld'. Not to be missed." 02/15/1998

New Yorker
"...an existential thriller, set in Jerusalem in the early nineties [that is] off and running almost from the first sentence....[A]s we've come to expect from Stone's work, it brims over with plots, subplots, and an impressive array of incisively drawn characters....[B]ut he has stepped more firmly into his own idiom than ever before." - Daphne Merkin 04/13/1998

New Republic
"AH, ISRAEL! these pages seem to say. SO ALLURING IN YOUR DREAMS AND CERTAINTIES TO THE WESTERN, RATIONAL MIND--AND SO FATAL IF IT LETS ITSELF BE SNARED BY THEM." - Hillel Halkin 05/25/1998

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A novel of springy action, a witty political thriller, an artfully lighted labyrinth of conspiracy and deception and a testing of Israel's perilous razor edges." - Richard Eder 05/17/1998

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"In lesser hands, this book might be a jumble or a passable thriller; instead, it rivets with the terror and sorrow of its inquiry into how we believe, and how our beliefs wreck as much as they sustain." - Melvin Jules Bukiet 05/03/1998

London Review of Books
"'Damascus Gate' is never dull, and never unintelligent. But it is never literature, either. Instead, it reveals contemporary realism to be only a series of techniques....Realism, in Stone's hands, is a calm firefighter, able to travel anywhere and put out the fire of complexity at a moment's notice." - James Wood 10/01/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0500
Product attributePublisher:   Mariner Books
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