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В сентябре выходит любопытный, на первый взгляд, дебютный роман автора Эндрю Дэвидсона - The Gargoyle.
The narrator of THE GARGOYLE is a very contemporary cynic,
physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum
that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road
when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He
crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body.
As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned,
he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully
planned suicide - for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in
A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged,
sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the
foot of his bed and tells him that they were once lovers in medieval
Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a
nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back
to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates
equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy,
and England, he finds himself drawn back to life - and finally in love.
He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge
stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past
sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed
becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from
God that she only has twenty-seven sculptures left to complete - and
her time on earth will be finished.
Already an international
literary sensation, THE GARGOYLE is an Inferno for our time. It will
have you believing in the impossible.
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