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A Time for Judas

by (author) Morley Callaghan

foreword by Nino Ricci

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Initial publish date
May 2007
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    May 2007
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This audacious and intriguing new version of the story of Christ’s trial, crucifixion, and resurrection is based on the writings of Philo of Crete, a secretary to Pontius Pilate. Throughout his time as Pilate’s scribe, he attended Christ’s trial, mingled with city prostitutes and desert bandits, and became acquainted with Judas Iscariot. It was through Judas that he learned the real story of the betrayal and what actually happened to Christ’s body. His convincing account is a radical and dramatic version of the commonly accepted story.

About the authors

Morley Callaghan was the author of fifteen novels, including A Time for Judas, It's Never Over, The Loved and the Lost, and Such Is My Beloved. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and received a host of honours in Canada, including the Governor General's Award for Fiction.

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NINO RICCI's best-selling Lives of the Saints (published in the United States as The Book of Saints) won the Governor General's Award for fiction, the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the F. G. Bressani Prize. The New York Times Book Review hailed it as “an extraordinary story — brooding and ironic, suffused with yearning, tender and lucid and gritty . . . [The author has] perfect pitch and brilliant descriptive powers.” This was the first book in a trilogy and was followed by In a Glass House — “beautifuly written and tireless in its pursuit of emotional truth” (Times Literary Supplement) — and Where She Has Gone, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize.

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Editorial Reviews

"No one more brilliantly found the remarkable in the ordinary than Morley Callaghan. His is magnificently the seeing eye." “Sinclair Lewis, winner, Nobel Prize in Literature

"Provides an engrossing set of answers to questions that have puzzled more people than Callaghan . . . It's all pretty daring, ingenious, and even convincing."  “Margaret Atwood, author, The Handmaid's Tale

"A fine artist, a truly mature artist."  “Alfred Kazin, author, A Walker in the City

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