The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe

The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe

by Colm Toibin
     
 

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Toibin, a "collapsed" Catholic, offers an odyssey into his inner self as he reckons with the religious demons of his past. Here are the rituals, the pilgrimages, the shrines, the fanatics, the charlatans and the sincerely devout Toibin encountered on his journeys.

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Toibin, a "collapsed" Catholic, offers an odyssey into his inner self as he reckons with the religious demons of his past. Here are the rituals, the pilgrimages, the shrines, the fanatics, the charlatans and the sincerely devout Toibin encountered on his journeys.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Novelist and "collapsed Catholic" Toibin looks at Catholic rituals as practiced throughout Europe. (Sept.)
Alice Joyce
Like a majority of Irishmen, this celebrated novelist was raised in the Catholic Church. Although he is no longer a practicing Catholic, his latest book is a meditation on his own boyhood beliefs and on the ways in which the church influences the lives of Catholics in Europe today. Toibin traveled extensively--from Lourdes to Barcelona and on to Prague, Warsaw, the Baltic coast, Berlin, Sweden, Estonia, and points further--all the while partaking in pilgrimages, papal masses, and religious festivals. At the book's midpoint he writes incisively about a personal epiphany experienced in a psychotherapy session he attended. And from his numerous conversations with politicians and priests, literary figures, and ordinary men and women encountered as he journeyed, Toibin's remarkably articulate voice reveals a startling range of perceptions, even as it conveys the intricate couplings between politics and Catholicism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679442035
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/16/1995
Edition description:
1st American Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.06(d)

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