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Damascus Gate (Paperback)

Author:  Robert Stone
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0684859114
ISBN-13: 9780684859118
Sku: 30472123
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  528
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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.
Set in Jerusalem, where violence, ecstasy, heresy, and salvation are all to be found, the latest novel by the author of "Outerbridge Reach" is simultaneously the story of a man's search for truth and the story of a city where sanity is casually traded for faith. Christopher Lucas's investigation of religious lunatics who have fallen victim to "Jerusalem Syndrome" places him at the center of the world's next flashpoint.
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Set in Jerusalem, where violence, ecstasy, heresy, and salvation are all to be found, the latest novel by the author of "Outerbridge Reach" is simultaneously the story of a man's search for truth and the story of a city where sanity is casually traded for faith. Christopher Lucas's investigation of religious lunatics who have fallen victim to "Jerusalem Syndrome" places him at the center of the world's next flashpoint.On the cusp of the millennium, Jerusalem has become a battleground in the race for redemption. American journalist Christopher Lucas is investigating religious fanatics when he discovers a plot to bomb the sacred Temple Mount. A violent confrontation in the Gaza Strip, a race through riot-filled streets, a cat-and-mouse game in an underground maze -- as Lucas follows his leads, he uncovers an attempt to seize political advantage that reveals duplicity and depravity on all sides of Jerusalem's sacred struggle.

Ambitious, passionate, darkly comic, Damascus Gate is not only Robert Stone's biggest and best novel to date, but a timely and brilliant story of belief, power, salvation, and apocalypse.

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 attributeNumber of Pages:   0528
Product attributePublisher:   Touchstone Books
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