The Bible of Clay

The Bible of Clay

Book - 2008
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A compelling new novel that combines past and present in a riveting search for the source of the Book of Genesis itself.

In her provocative second novel, Spanish author Julia Navarro takes readers on an exhilarating journey across centuries and continents, as an upstart archeologist and a murderous group of conspirators vie for a treasure that will rewrite history–an explosive account of the world’s creation recorded millennia ago by a humble scribe onto the legendary Bible of Clay.

Moving back and forth through time, from the tense months preceding the contemporary war in Iraq, to ancient Mesopotamia, to the atrocities of the last century, this tale of vengeance, obsession, and the wholesale plundering of the ancient world’s most priceless treasures is populated by an international cast of political opportunists, ruthless killers, and unsullied seekers of truth. The Bible of Clay is historical fiction at its richest, a sweeping saga that challenges at once both conventional geopolitics and the very foundations of modern religion.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2008
ISBN: 9780385663427
Characteristics: 497 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hurley, Andrew


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Mar 03, 2011

A story consisting of three strands. The first, and oldest, in pre-Biblical times with Abraham as he tells the stories of the creation and Noah to a young, precocious scribe.
The second strand in Nazi Germany in one of the many concentration camps that dot the landscape of WW II.
The final strand, the weightiest of them all, the one that ties the first two together, the one that is illuminated, bit by bit, by the other two is located in the Middle East, Iraq to be precise, in the days just before the Second Gulf War.
A war criminal from Nazi Germany is virtutally on his death bed. There is a hurried archaeological expedition to find the lost tablets before the war fires up; before the hired assassins kill their prey; before the thieves have their opportunity to steal the treasures. It's a complicated story. But one that contains suspense and drama in equal measure.
You'll be glad you read this book.

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