Uscito per la prima volta in Italia nel 1983 con il titolo Jesus Rex, questo romanzo narra la parabola terrena di Gesù di Nazareth così come non era mai stata raccontata. Per farlo Robert Graves dispiega il retaggio di una vita dedicata allo studio delle Scritture, del mito in ogni sua più remota e raffinata espressione, nonché della storia dell’ebraismo e del cristianesimo delle origini, attingendo tanto alle fonti canoniche quanto ai testi apocrifi, in un costante dialogo con i grandi pensatori della filosofia greca. L’esito è un romanzo audace, in bilico tra storia e finzione, che rivela un volto inedito e assai umano di Gesù. La voce narrante è quella di Agabo il Decapolitano, un funzionario romano della fine del I secolo d.C., che ripercorre la nascita, la giovinezza, la morte e la resurrezione di un personaggio straordinariamente carismatico. Quello che ne esce è il ritratto di Gesù non come essere divino, ma come uomo non privo di difetti, piegato dal suo stesso destino, in una rielaborazione che è una miscela irresistibile di ricerca, storia e immaginazione.
- ISBN: 8830441627
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 560
Robert Graves gives this work of historical fiction an intriguing premise. He presents Jesus not as the offspring of a divine being, born of a virgin birth, but as the very mortal son of Mary and Antipater, the eldest son of King Herod the Great. Herod had a nasty tendency to eliminate family member Leggi tutto
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given O four stars of wonder, five stars of night,Stars with royal beauty bright,Westward leading, still proceeding,Guide us to thy perfect light. It was amazing. Lying in bed. The kids all tucked in. Christmas Eve, and I'm reading 'King Jesus'. I finally Leggi tutto
1 Christopherus, unto the church of Goodreads: peace be with you. 2 I write this epistle to you on the occasion of my completion of Robert Graves' scroll King Jesus , being an historical but also novelistic account of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. 3 Not having read his masterpiece, I, Claudius , or any Leggi tutto
Όπως ο Καζαντζάκης στο ‘Τελευταίο Πειρασμό’ κ ο Σαραμαγκου στο ‘Κατά Ιησουν Ευαγγέλιον’’ έτσι κ ο Robert Graves εξιστορεί το δικό του αφήγημα με επίκεντρο την ζωή και τα έργα του Ιησού Χριστού, βασισμένο σε ενδελεχή ιστορική ερευνά όχι μόνο στα επίσημα κ ανεπίσημα Ευαγγέλια και την Βίβλο, αλλά λαμβά Leggi tutto
This is by far my favorite Robert Graves novel--and I like his historical novels very much generally. My original copy was the one published by the Readers Digest Press in hardcover. As once a bit of a scholar of the gospel narratives and ancillary texts, I was struck by the way Graves plausibly weav Leggi tutto
King Jesus astonishing and gripping novel is not an easy read, nor is it a one-time only read, but it is well-worth the time put into it. Jesus' birth, growing-up, and ministry are told through the eyes of a 1st century historian Agipus the Decapolitan (who may or may not be imagined.)Not surprising Leggi tutto
I didn't plan on reading this book (and the thematically related Eve: A Novel of the First Woman ) around Easter but that's how things worked out. Graves always enjoys turning readers' perceptions upside down in his historical novels (I'm afraid my recollection of the Julio-Claudians will be forever Leggi tutto
This is by far the best alt history of Jesus that I have read. It would be great fun to reverse engineer this book. I noticed several borrowings from the Christian deuterocanonical books, some of which Graves acknowledges in his very brief historical note at the end. In that same note he apologizes
I first read this as an early edition hard-back in the mid 80's. It is Graves at his best and, at times, most weird. He gives an original and fairly plausible alternative to the generally accepted religious view of Jesus. I doubt the 'true believer' will like it or get past the opening chapter: a r
Brilliant Graves! “ Aleph , as I understand the character, is an ox lying sacrificed, the yoke still on his neck; which signifies that the study of literature must begin with sacrifice. We must dedicate to the Lord our first and most precious possession, which is emblemized by the yoked ox, namely ou Leggi tutto
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