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The Translation of Father Torturo

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Black magic and thuggery assist a Machiavellian priest's ascent to the papal throne in this predictable but gleefully subversive modern gothic. Xavier Torturo, a quiet but ambitious seminarian in rural Italy, gets entrusted with an ancient occult text about the translation of powers from the dead to the living. Soon thereafter, a relic of Saint Anthony disappears from its shrine, and Xavier - coincidentally? - shows the power to heal by the laying on of hands. Combining his newly developed talent for miracles with secular skills of blackmail and manipulation, Torturo secures his ticket to the Vatican, where his underlings' excesses and his own past indiscretions ultimately precipitate his swift and gruesome downfall. Connell paints a scabrous portrait of the Vatican as a site of absolute power that corrupts absolutely.

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In 1263, when the vault containing the body of St. Anthony was opened, thirty-two years after its original interment, the flesh had turned to dust, but the tongue was in a perfect state of preservation. For almost eight-hundred years it was kept mounted on a pin. But now it has been stolen. Padua, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome. . . . Father Torturo, the neo-decadent anti-hero, moves through a modern Italy reeking of incense and filth. In an adventure stained with magic and garnished with cruelty, he travels on an ambitious journey to popedom, where the only laws that restrain him are those of his own artistic taste.

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Hardback Editions

May 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Translation of Father Torturo
Author(s): Brendan Connell
ISBN: 0-8095-0042-6 / 978-0-8095-0042-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Pr
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Paperback Editions

May 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: The Translation of Father Torturo
Author(s): Brendan Connell
ISBN: 0-8095-0043-4 / 978-0-8095-0043-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Prime
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Kindle Editions

May 2005 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Translation of Father Torturo
Author(s): Brendan Connell
Publisher: Prime Books
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