The Judas Cloth

The Judas Cloth

by Julia O'Faolain Comp


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The Judas Cloth by Julia O'Faolain Comp

1878: Pope Pius IX dies, after a misguided papacy that has stamped out liberalism, centralized papal power and witnessed the Pope's declaration of Infallibility. The Judas Cloth is told from the standpoint of Pius's son Nicola Santi, an orphan unaware of his scandalous paternity, who becomes a priest intent on honest and compassionate service, only to suffer disillusion.

'A wonderful basilica of a novel.' Independent

'An astonishing achievement.' Irish Times

'Rich in bizarre theatre... unabashed period drama, gorgeous and sinister grand guignol.' Sunday Times

'O'Faolain gently but unmistakably draws parallels with today's church... I hope his holiness reads it.' Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571290185
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Pages: 610
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.35(d)

About the Author

Julia O'Faolain was born in London in 1932. Her novel No Country for Young Men was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She was brought up in Cork and Dublin, educated in Paris and Rome and married an American historian in Florence. She lived for many years in the US, and now lives in London. A major collection of her short stories will be published by Faber and Faber.

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