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Messiah (Paperback)

Author:  Gore Vidal
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0141180390
ISBN-13: 9780141180397
Sku: 30271815
Publish Date: 1/1/1998
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.5T
Pages:  256
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I envy those chroniclers who assert with reckless but sincere abandon: "I was there. I saw it happen. It happened thus." (from the first line)
When a mortician appears on television to declare that death is infinitely preferable to life, he sparks a religious movement that quickly leaves Christianity and most of Islam in the dust. Now available in a Penguin Classic edition, Gore Vidal's deft and daring blend of satire and prophecy, first published in 1954, eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and the Heaven's Gate suicide cult.
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When a mortician appears on television to declare that death is infinitely preferable to life, he sparks a religious movement that quickly leaves Christianity and most of Islam in the dust. Gore Vidal's deft and daring blend of satire and prophecy, first published in 1954, eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and the Heaven's Gate suicide cult.|
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The memories of Eugene Luther, who writes from Luxor, Egypt. The narrator is a heretic to a religion that looks upon life--and death--with such apathy that suicide has become the morally defining action. This religion flourished in an age where emotion reigned paramount to reason, where mysticism was valued above logical thought. Vidal has extrapolated to a supposed future the logical progression of New Age and religious fervor.
Author Bio
Gore Vidal
Born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, Vidal spent a significant portion of his childhood reading to his blind grandfather, Senator T. P. Gore of Oklahoma. As a consequence, he has been heavily influenced by works of politics and history. He served aboard an Arctic transport ship during World War II but was discharged due to rheumatoid arthritis; he published his first novel in 1946, at the age of 21, based on his experiences at sea. In the 1950s, Vidal began writing screenplays and dramatic works for the stage, but returned to writing novels in 1964, with JULIAN, his first historical novel--a best-seller that showed him one of the directions his career should take. It was followed a few years later by his outrageously successful MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, which showed him another. Well known as a writer of both historical potboilers and transgressive metafictions, several of which have been made into films, Vidal has also run for--though not been elected to--Congress and the Senate. He has been outspoken as a homosexual and as a professed and unshakable atheist. In a memorable 1972 interview, he said, "There is not one human problem that could not be solved, if people would simply do as I advise."

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"'Messiah' by Gore Vidal will arouse anger and resentment in many people; it will shock them as 'The Way of All Flesh' shocked them when it was first published; it will arouse argument and controversy such as raged around Huxley's 'Brave New World' and Orwell's '1984'; it will grip people while they read it and it will make them think." 1954

New York Herald Tribune Book Review
"Of the same genus as 'Brave New World' and '1984', but thinner than either, 'Messiah' is a mordant, cleverly conceived account of the credulity of the masses and the genius of their exploiters." - Milton Rugoff 04/25/1954

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"Vidal's gift has always been for the quick effect rather than for sustained development, and because the form of the memoir is so amenable to discontinuous effects, Vidal's voice seems more assured and more wholly his own in 'Messiah' than ever before....It is as if Vidal were able to expose himself full voice only under the pretense that he speaks sotto voice." - Robert F. Kiernan

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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