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Description - Salvation by Valerie Martin

Inspired by the great frescoes of St Francis of Assisi, the highly-praised author of PROPERTY has written a new and wholly original biography. Composed in a series of vividly realised 'panels', SALVATION begins with the dying Francesco - and the rivalry for his body among the towns of medieval Italy - and moves back in time toward his mystical conversion. The old friar, exhausted by illness and division among his brotherhood, gives way to the zealous missionary who joins the Fifth Crusade, confident that he can convert Sultan al-Kamil in Egypt. Later, we see the unwashed and innocent revolutionary, unafraid to lecture a pope on Christ's message, and finally the frivolous young Francesco on the deserted road where his encounter with a leper leads him to an ecstatic embrace of God. SALVATION is a window into a medieval world whose physicality and purity have rarely been rendered with such visceral power. Most important, it is a unique, immediate portrait of the great mystic, whose legend has resonated through the centuries in both religious and secular realms.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349118673
ISBN-10: 0349118671
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin is the author of six novels and two collections of short fiction. She lived in Italy for three years before moving to America. Her novel PROPERTY won the Orange Prize in 2003 and MARY REILLY was made into a film starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich.

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