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"But while the religious quests of Stone's characters help drive his story, the novel is ultimately concerned less with metaphysics and cosmic order than with the earthly realm of politics and the human craving for certainty. The characters in Damascus Gate may be "God- struck," they may dream insistently of a better world, but like so many Stone characters, they end up captives of history and their own very human illusions." — The New York Times

"Heavy as a marble tablet, it delivers revelations about character and culture in the way that only a dense, textured novel can.... Precise and passionate, Damascus Gate is a stunning achievement." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"Damascus Gate asks enormous questions about cosmic truth—and its effect on those who think they own it—with intensity, intellectual rigor and abiding morality." — San Francisco Chronicle

"The writing, often dense with metaphor and landscape, is powerful, and the result is a pulsing, profound novel...." — Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

ROBERT STONE (1937-2015) was the acclaimed author of eight novels and two story collections, including Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award, and Bear and His Daughter, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2007.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547599382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547599380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROBERT STONE is the author of seven novels: A Hall of Mirrors, Dog Soldiers (winner of the National Book Award), A Flag for Sunrise, Children of Light, Outerbridge Reach, Damascus Gate, and Bay of Souls. His story collection, Bear and His Daughter, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2006.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Set in the Middle East, Robert Stone's Conradesque novel pulls you in through the force of a sort of political-theology--the sort that manages to capture antediluvian drives of the region, which includes its violence, its dogmatism, and its profound beauty. Where Stone's novel fails is in his contrived characterizations--you never really get the sense that he connects with the young people he is creating, and the result is often lifeless. A worthy exploration of often embarrassing themes (e.g. faith, identity, heroism, etc.) is still a welcome act of literary bravery, to my thinking at any rate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cotton Mather on April 5, 2015
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"Dog Soldiers" is one of the best reads of the 70s. I remember reading it in the late 70s and thinking that no novel had ever had such a visceral impact. It was not cerebral and comic, as with Saul Bellow's "Herzog," but it was dizzying and dramatic in a way I had yet to encounter in works of fiction. Yet "Damascus Gate" is, I am sorry to say, and exercise in excessive setup and a novel in thrall of mindless dogma. It represents the cold pavement of almost everything Stone wrote after "A Flag for Sunrise." I have no idea of what happened to so calcify Stone and can only guess that like Will Self, another novelist whose voice flattened to a dogmatic shrill, deafness set in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Logan on April 17, 2015
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I read this year's ago and totally forgot it. I decided to give it a second chance. I am about half way through it, and I 'm beginning to see why I forgot it. When Robert Stone writes well, he is magical. When he writes like this, he is pedantic and tedious. I like the travelogue of Jerusalem though. Oh, the intellectuals....
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gozer-the-Traveler on October 29, 2012
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Loved this, wonderful sense of Jerusalem the modern complex political place as well as the ancient complex place of faith for so many peoples, and the protagonist is suitably complex for the tale. I have been around people with the charisma of some of the characters and that whole story was also so apt.
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By silvia faris on March 24, 2015
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The book starts off slow,however within a few chapters you are swept into the inner walls of the old city and areas beyond- loved the historical , I felt as if I were walking down the streets of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas
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