The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ Saramago s Jesus is the son not of God but of Joseph Mary Magdalene is his lover not his convert In the wilderness he tussles not with the Devil a kindly and necessary evil but with God a fallible p

  • Title: The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
  • Author: José Saramago
  • ISBN: 9781860466847
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • Saramago s Jesus is the son not of God but of Joseph Mary Magdalene is his lover not his convert In the wilderness he tussles not with the Devil a kindly and necessary evil but with God, a fallible, power hungry autocrat And he must die not for the sins of the fathers but for the sins of the Father By investigating these simple inversions Saramago has woven a darkSaramago s Jesus is the son not of God but of Joseph Mary Magdalene is his lover not his convert In the wilderness he tussles not with the Devil a kindly and necessary evil but with God, a fallible, power hungry autocrat And he must die not for the sins of the fathers but for the sins of the Father By investigating these simple inversions Saramago has woven a dark parable a secular gospel of astonishing richness and depth An original, wild and beautiful book Times Literary Supplement

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    1. Ένα ριζοσπαστικό ευαγγέλιο. Οι άνθρωποι ειναι ετερώνυμοι του καλού και του κακού. Ο Θεός και ο Διαβολος συνυπαρχουν. Χωρις το κακό δεν μπορεί να υπάρχει το καλό και αντίστροφα. Σε καμία περίπτωση δεν θα μπορούσε να επικρατήσει κατα κράτος το καλό και η αγάπη,δεν έχουν λόγο ύ [...]

    2. Jose Saramago is atheist. This should be enough warning for everyone that desires to read the book. It is very explicit and so religion it’s exposed at its weakest and God as a character is revealed. I come from a Roman-Catholic background but I still wanted to read it, ever since the Gnostic gospel where Jesus childhood is revealed and he changes from a mischief bad behave kid to the Jesus from the new testament I wanted to see Saramago’s take on it. Saramago is such a master of words that [...]

    3. This is a bold fearless work and definitely not for the faint-hearted readers. I am not surprised that when this was originally published in 1991, it created lots of controversies with the Catholic Church condemning Jose Saramago for harboring anti-religious vision and his own Portuguese government asking the European Literary Prize to remove this from its shortlist because of the book’s offensive content to religion. Despite this book’s existence, Saramago won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Liter [...]

    4. Δεν ξέρω τί να γράψω γι'αυτό το βιβλίο,ειλικρινάΤράβηξα την ανάγνωσή του όσο μπορούσα,δεν ήθελα να τελειώσει!Αυτό νομίζω τα λέει όλα.Η ιστορία γνωστή(αν και τα γεγονότα,όπως μας παρουσιάζονται εδώ,άγνωστα):η ιστορία του Ιησού από τη Ναζαρέτ.Τα πρόσωπα της ιστορίας παρουσιάζ [...]

    5. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SLIP SOME BENZEDRINE INTO THIS GUY’S COFFEEThis is a very peculiar novel. I’m not quite sure what the hell it is. Some of it reads like deleted scenes from Monty Python’s Life of BrianNow be off with you, said God, for I have work to do and can’t stay here chatting all dayOrMary : Is there any proof that it was the Lord’s seed which engendered my first-born? Angel : Well, it’s a delicate matter, and what you’re demanding is nothing less than a paternity test. [...]

    6. …thought, when all is said and done, as others and we ourselves have observed before, is like a great ball of thread coiled around itself, loose in places, taut in others, inside our head. It is impossible to know its full extent, one would have to unwind and then measure it, but however hard one tries or pretends to try, this cannot be done without assistance. One day, someone will come and tell us where to cut the cord that ties man to his navel and thought to its origin.José Saramago is ex [...]

    7. Είχα καιρό να διαβάσω Σαραμάγκου κι είχα ξεχάσει πως οι προτάσεις του είναι σαν τον θειο μου τον ανακόντα, ένα πράγμα. Πας, πας, πας και τελειωμό δεν έχουν. Μαλωμένος ο Σαραμάγκου προφανώς εκ γενετής με τα σημεία στίξης και δη με τις τελείες, που αν πετύχεις πάνω σε τελεία, κάν [...]

    8. (Λίγες σκέψεις και όχι ακριβώς κριτική) Δύσκολα τα πράγματα…Αναμφίβολα πρόκειται για αριστούργημα. Θα είναι άδικο και εντελώς αδικαιολόγητο να το βάλω κάτω από 5 αστέρια. Απαιτείται τεράστια ποσότητα ταλέντου και φαντασίας για να καταφέρεις να μετατρέψεις μια τόσο γνωστή [...]

    9. Η παρακάτω κριτική περιέχει σπόιλερς, που δεν τινάζουν στον αέρα την απόλαυση της ανάγνωσης ετούτου του βιβλίου αλλά είναι σπόιλερς για όποιον θέλει να διαβάσει και να απολαύσει το βιβλίο παρθενικά.Ο αφηγητής/ευαγγελιστής αυτού του Βιβλίου/Ευαγγελίου ξεκινά με ένα κεφάλα [...]

    10. Or: Adolescent Jesus as Imagined by a Brilliant Authorial Atheist.That's unfair and reductive, however. Jose Saramago is an atheist, and the book does explore the parts of Jesus' life that most people pretend didn't exist (early adolescence to just before the time when he knew he had Messianic Son-of-God Superpowers), while at the same time gently but firmly questioning the nature of God, divinity, religious fervor manifesting itself as the oppression of others, bizarre religious ritual, and rel [...]

    11. Imagino Saramago, um ateu confesso, lendo e relendo a Bíblia para reescrever a história do homem mais conhecido que já pisou na face da Terra. Penso também no culhões que o autor teve para levar a publicação adiante. Mexer com religião é coisa séria. Vide a ilíada do escritor Salman Rushdie com seus “Versos Satânicos”. “O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo” é uma obra corajosa e, diferente de textos que só têm como mérito a polemização, também é genial. A concepção de J [...]

    12. ★★★★★/★★★★★ملاحظة في غاية الأهمية ********************هذه النجوم الخمس لا تعبر عن تضامني الفكري مع ما ذُكر في الرواية من أفكار وأحداث. المراجعة قبل ان تشرع في قراءة هذه الرواية عليك أن تحضر صندوقا ضع جميع آراءك ومعتقداتك عن سيدنا عيسى _عليه السلام_ فيه أغلقه بإحكام ابدأ بقراءة [...]

    13. The Vicar was not happy that I was reading, ‘Gospel according to Christ’ for he felt I would lose my faith, as though Faith is not a part of your inner being, but a handkerchief, one misplaces oh so casually.I am glad I disobeyed him, for this book only made me surer of my faith.This book shows Christ in all his Humanity, Humanity so naked, simple and beautiful that it humbles you to the core of your being.If I could say, to this so very Human Christ, ‘Let me but touch the hem of your robe [...]

    14. قبل كل شىء عندما تقرأ رواية لساراماجو لامفر من أن تتأمل عبارة الإهداءالمقتضبة فى كل الأحوالالدالة دوما على فرادة العلاقة بين جوزيه ورفيقة دربه فى سنوات التجلي الأخيرة بيلار ديل ريوهاهنا الإهداء إلى بيلار ونقطةوفى باقي الروايات\الكتب غير الروائية تظل بيلار هى أيقونة جوزيه [...]

    15. Referindo-se ao cristianismo, Ricardo Reis afirmava: «Alegrai-vos, todos vós que chorais na maior das doenças da História!». E para podermos entrar plenamente n’ O Evangelho segundo Jesus Cristo, temos, em primeira mão, de ter a inteligência de compreender que o autor que nos escreve esta estória é um autor que não acreditava nessa entidade que é Deus. Consequentemente é expectável que a partir deste ponto tudo o que se venha a ler é, ou um produto dessa descrença, ou quem sabe, [...]

    16. Saramago has me at a loss for words yet again. I can't decide if this is his best work (from what I have read of his) but it definitely is at least equal to Blindness and Death with Interruptions. I'm not a religious person, so I had no problem with the liberties he took in this novel. In fact, I was blown away by his characterization of Jesus Christ and how he managed to humanize him. The writing is also pure Saramago, it bewitches you and doesn't let you go. It also feels so effortless, he rea [...]

    17. وأخيرا انتهيت من قراءة هذه الرواية رواية طويلة حافلة بالتفاصيل التي بناها المؤلف وفقا لتصوراته عن حياة السيد المسيح عليه السلام. لا اتفق معه في كثير مما ذهب إليه ولكن الرواية كانت مفيدة بالنسبة من حيث مقارنة خيال المؤلف بالقصة التي يستند عليها المسيحيون وكذلك مقارنة بما نؤ [...]

    18. Prima di tutto l'uomo[commento del 17/06 - a caldo]Ho appena finito di leggerlo e ancora non voglio fare commenti né assegnare stelline.Però ieri, quando ero ormai a due capitoli dalla fine, si è affacciato prepotentemente alla mia memoria il ricordo struggente di una poesia, bellissima e intensa, un ricordo che affiora da lontanissimo, dalle scuole elementarir lunghissimi anni, non so perché, forse per quell'insolito nome dell'autore, ho pensato che fosse di un poeta giapponese, poi, da gra [...]

    19. No es un tema menor el acometer mediante una obra literaria la vida y la obra de uno de los seres más trascendentales que han existido en la humanidad: la del Hijo de Dios hecho Hombre, y más difícil debe resultar el describir algunos de los hechos más importantes y significativos en la vida de ese Hijo de Dios, alejándolos diametralmente de la tradición Católica con la consecuente crítica y malestar de muchos sectores de esta religión. Me incliné a leer este libro por dos razones: la [...]

    20. Ανατρεπτικό,αιρετικό,κουραστικό σε κάποια σημεία,εξαιρετικό σε κάποια άλλα ,όπως για παραδειγμα οι διάλογοι με το Θεό και το Διάβολο.Σίγουρα δεν είναι ένα βαρετό κι αδιάφορο βιβλίο.Προβληματίζει και οδηγεί σε βαθιές σκέψεις.Εγώ σίγουρα θα το σκέφτομαι για καιρό.Μου άρεσε [...]

    21. One day when I was ten years old sitting in the school library it occurred to me that Jesus Christ was just a big confidence trick. I shared my theological insight with my neighbor, a girl who instantly stood up and ran to the teacher’s desk shouting “Maru Kun thinks Jesus is a confidence trick, Maru Kun thinks Jesus is a confidence trick”. My New Testament exegesis hadn’t been entirely thought out when the teacher came over to ask exactly what I had in mind, but fortunately she didn’t [...]

    22. “Padre, allontana da me questo calice, Che tu lo beva è la condizione per il mio potere e la tua gloria, Non desidero questa gloria, Ma io voglio questo potere”Questo vangelo comincia con la descrizione di un'incisione. Si tratta de “La Grande Crocifissione” di Albrecht Durer del 1498.Immagino che la scelta di descrivere l'incisione partendo dall'alto abbia un suo preciso significato: è l’annuncio di una lettura del vangelo che vuole tornare ad essere materia umana. Finchè, infatti, [...]

    23. José Saramago (1922 – 2010)O romance ”O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo” foi publicado em 1991 e é uma das obras mais polémicas de José Saramago (1922 – 2010), considerada blasfema, uma interpretação abusiva dos Evangelhos, suscitou na época uma enorme contestação que foi sendo ampliada pelas reacções dos sectores conservadores da sociedade portuguesa, nomeadamente, a igreja católica. A “história” intemporal de ”O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo” é conhecida e José S [...]

    24. Očekivao sam sprdnju i to sam i dobio. Mnooogo sprdnje. Ali ovo nije komedija u svojoj osnovi. Smešno ovde uvek nosi sa sobom veliku intelektualnu i ideološku poruku. Baš kao i sve ostalo jer o svakoj rečenici vredi dvaput porazmisliti. I sve je isto ali iz suprotnog pogleda. Nisam očekivao da će priča imati ikakav kontinuitet sa hrišćanskim jevanđeljima. Ali da, ovde ima skoro svih biblijskih čuda. Ima i Boga, i Đavola, i anđela Ali iako je Isus dobio božanske moći, ljudsko je, [...]

    25. Quod scripsi, scripsiHá livros que são mais que uma história, não só pelo seu valor literário, mas por serem uma história com a sua própria história. Um pouco como Os Lusíadas, que foi salvo a nado por um vesgo, O Evangelho segundo Jesus Cristo é um livro que já passou por inúmeras tribulações.Em 1992, uma das obras mais conhecidas de José Saramago é finalista para o Prémio Literário Europeu. O livro é uma biografia alterada de um homem cuja história mudou, quer se acredite [...]

    26. Here I come to the end of the long road of suffering and moments of total glee.And now I find myself thinking and express myself in a way that to me is not common!Is that I get out of a difficult book, disturbing, captivating, led masterfully, needless to say, by José Saramago.Where to start?For my trouble. My difficulty entering this prose without room to breathe, only composed of commas without any dashes marking the dialogues without any paragraph.Also difficult to understand where the autho [...]

    27. إنها قصة المسيح كما لم نسمعها من قبل الرواية هائلة وكاشفة للكثير من التناقضات الدينية والتعارضات في الفهم الإنساني لكيفية حدوث النبوة من زاوية شخصية واجتماعية واقعية عرفت أفكار الكتاب كلها من خلال قراءتي دراسات وبحوث دينية،، وهي هنا مصاغه بشكل سردي بديع يخفف مرارتها ولذعة [...]

    28. Αρχικά, μπορώ να πω ότι δεν με "τράβαγε" αυτο το βιβλίο. Κάτι μου έλειπε. Όμως, από τη μέση περίπου, αλλαξα γνώμη. Ή μάλλον άρχισα να το διαβάζω με πιο "καθαρό" μυαλό.Με την γνωστή, διαφορετική ματιά του στα πράγματα ο Σαραμάγκου αφηγείται μία ιστορία που όλοι (θέλοντας και μη) ξέ [...]

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