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LITERATURE AND ART » Contemporary Foreign Authors

The Gargoyle

Davidson Andrew

Translator: Lamprou Despοina

Pages: 448
Shape: 15,3 x 23,8
ISBN: 978-960-6760-83-9
Price: 21.10 €

::. Historical Novel
::. Literary Romance

 
Published: October 2008

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An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell
and transcends the boundaries of time

The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide—for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.

A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life—and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete—and her time on earth will be finished.

Already an international literary sensation, the Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.

Here's an early praise for the Gargoyle

“Readers…should take a deep breath and plunge into this novel. It’s a tale of love and redemption told through Davidson’s haunting prose. He rewards readers with an unforgettable romance.” —USA Today

“Seductive…The free-range erudition of books like Possession and The Name of the Rose come to mind. Mr. Davidson binds them together with vigorous and impressive narrative skill.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Undeniably a hot book, one likely to ignite the passion of anyone who loves a mix of romance and the macabre…Engrossing…[A] spectacularly imaginative journey.”
Washington Post Book Review

“Engaging…Mr. Davidson skillfully assembles a centuries-old puzzle involving a series of fables of undying love…the reader is kept guessing until the final pages.”
The Wall Street Journal

“An epic page-turner. Davidson’s writing is so vivid and graphic, it will give you the chills.”
People

“[Davidson] gives us a story that sweeps us in with no protest. You want to be lost in its pages…the real tragedy of this book is that it ends.”—The Daily News

“[A] powerful debut… Once launched into this intense tale of unconventional romance, few readers will want to put it down.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A romance spanning centuries and continents…Spellbinding… [A] deliriously ambitious debut novel.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Davidson’s The Gargoyle is a rare gem: completely engrossing, wholly unforgettable, and utterly transcendent.” —Booklist (starred)

“Storytelling at its finest, featuring a lively assortment of characters and events that combine in a gripping drama.” —Library Journal

“Captivating and romantic, The Gargoyle melds modern cynicism and swashbuckling history.”
The Denver Post

“I was blown away by Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. It reminded me of Life of Pi, with its unanswered (and unanswerable) contradictions. A hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive." —Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

The Gargoyle is purely and simply an amazement, a riot, a blast. It's hard to believe that this is Andrew Davidson's first novel: he barrels out of the chute with the narrative brio and confidence, not to mention the courage, of a seasoned master. This book plucks the reader off the ground and whirls her through the air until she shouts from sheer abandonment and joy. What a great, grand treat.” —Peter Straub

THE GARGOYLE has won the 2009 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic


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