Time and again, Morris West has proved to his leagues of readers all around the world that he has a special talent for getting into the minds and hearts of those who inhabit the secret, mysterious and intrigue-ridden world of the Catholic Church. Here, in Last Confession, West takes as his protagonist a real man, Giordano Bruno - a priest, ...
Time and again, Morris West has proved to his leagues of readers all around the world that he has a special talent for getting into the minds and hearts of those who inhabit the secret, mysterious and intrigue-ridden world of the Catholic Church. Here, in Last Confession, West takes as his protagonist a real man, Giordano Bruno - a priest, denounced by the Church as a heretic and burnt at the stake in the Campo dei Fiori, Rome in 1600. Now, 400 years after Bruno's death, West brings the man back to life. Wracked with doubt and despair, waking each day to the knowledge that he is one step closer to death, Bruno undertakes to leave some record of his existence. Not a chronicle of his life, or even a defence of the opinions which have brought him to this end, but a mosaic of anecdote, allusion, and scraps and shards of memory which, together, create a sense of the 'real Bruno within the man's skin'. Written with passion and compassion, this is a voice which mesmerises from the first.
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-08-20 The Last Confession by acclaimed Australian author Morris West (The Devil's Advocate; The Shoes of the Fisherman; The Ambassadors) is a posthumously published fictional account of Dominican monk Giordano Bruno's imprisonment before he is convicted of heresy and burned at the stake during the Inquisition in 1600. Presented in the form of a final testament written by Bruno in prison, the novel chronicles Bruno's life, his religious reflections and his final days in his cell. Introduction by Thomas Keneally. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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