God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening

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Winner of the Portuguese Writers' Association Grand Prize for Fiction and the Pegasus Prize for Literature, and a best-seller in Portugal, Mario de Carvalho's A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening is a vivid and affecting historical novel set at the twilight of the Roman Empire and the dawn of the Christian era. Lucius Valerius Quintius is prefect of the fictitious city of Tarcisis, charged to defend it against menaces from without — Moors invading the Iberian peninsula — and from within — the decadent ...
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Overview

Winner of the Portuguese Writers' Association Grand Prize for Fiction and the Pegasus Prize for Literature, and a best-seller in Portugal, Mario de Carvalho's A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening is a vivid and affecting historical novel set at the twilight of the Roman Empire and the dawn of the Christian era. Lucius Valerius Quintius is prefect of the fictitious city of Tarcisis, charged to defend it against menaces from without — Moors invading the Iberian peninsula — and from within — the decadent complacency of the Pax Romana. Lucius's devotion to civic duty undergoes its most crucial test when Iunia Cantaber, the beautiful, charismatic leader of the outlawed Christian sect, is brought before his court. A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening is a timeless story of an era beset by radical upheaval and a man struggling to reconcile his heart, his ethics, and his civic duty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802137746
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Pegasus Prize for Literature Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 791,123
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2000

    Interesting Mix of Fiction and History

    This book was an excellent look at the twilight of the Roman Empire. The protagonist is the goverment magistrate of Tarsisis and is forced to make some difficult decisions about people he cares for. The book discusses the rising populatity of the Christian sect and their persecutions. The book is in flashback form which works well in this story. I couldn't put it down.

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