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The Kingdom

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
[Translated by John Lambert]
[Read by Stefan Rudnicki]

A sweeping fictional account of the early Christians, whose unlikely beliefs conquered the world.

Gripped by the tale of a Messiah whose blood we drink and body we eat, the genre-defying author Emmanuel Carrere revisits the story of the early Church in his latest work. With an idiosyncratic and at times iconoclastic take on the charms and foibles of the Church fathers, Carrere ferries readers through his ''doors'' into the biblical narrative. Once inside, he follows the ragtag group of early Christians through the tumultuous days of the faith's founding.

Shouldering biblical scholarship like a camcorder, Carrere recreates the climate of the New Testament with the acumen of a seasoned storyteller, intertwining his own reckoning of the central tenets of the faith with the lives of the first Christians. Carrere puts himself in the shoes of Saint Paul and above all Saint Luke, charting Luke's encounter with the marginal Jewish sect that eventually became Christianity and retracing his investigation of its founder, an obscure religious freak who died under notorious circumstances.

Boldly blending scholarship with speculation, memoir with journalistic muckraking, Carrere sets out on a headlong chase through the latter part of the Bible, drawing out protagonists who believed they were caught up in the most important events of their time.

An expansive and clever meditation on belief, The Kingdom chronicles the advent of a religion and the ongoing quest to find a place within it.

Genre: Historical    

Praise for this book

"I left the Catholic Church at thirteen and have not spent much time thinking about religion since then. But Emmanuel Carrère's The Kingdom kept me pinned to its pages until the end. It is personal and rigorous, skeptical and open, casual and profound, and its speculative portrait of Saint Luke, its main character, is as compelling as any fictional life I've read lately." - Luc Sante


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Hardback Editions

March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 0-374-18430-5 / 978-0-374-18430-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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March 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 0-241-20057-1 / 978-0-241-20057-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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Paperback Editions

March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-250-15944-X / 978-1-250-15944-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 0-14-198115-6 / 978-0-14-198115-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-4417-4372-3 / 978-1-4417-4372-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Kingdom: Library Edition
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-4417-4367-7 / 978-1-4417-4367-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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March 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-4417-4374-X / 978-1-4417-4374-9 (USA edition)
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere, John Lambert - translator, Claire Bloom - director
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere, John Lambert - translator, Claire Bloom - director
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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March 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Kingdom
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
Publisher: Allen Lane
Availability: Amazon UK