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There Milton is befriended by the local curate, Rev. Theodore Wesson, who knows nothing about Milton's controversial past or the dangers of associating with him. Soon their fates become intertwined when the curate's hopes for advancement are threatened by his relationship to the notorious traitor and "king-killer," John Milton.
The situation tests Wesson's loyalty--to the monarchy, to friendship, to a church career--while complicating his already blurry sense of God's involvement in human affairs. For Milton, the cost is potentially even greater: the target of assassination attempts since the restoration of the monarchy five years earlier, he has real reason to fear for his life.
A riveting and briskly paced novel that transports the reader to a very particular place and time even as its themes resonate with our own time, Thom Satterlee's God's Liar will take its place next to works as varied as Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Colm Toibin's The Master.
"This deeply satisfying historical novel will keep you reading--and keep you examining your own conscience for the lies, big and small, that we tell. Thom Satterlee's subtle exploration of the memories of a seventeenth-century Anglican minister who came under the influence of John Milton brings to mind the reflective rhythms of Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. This is a tale full of surprises, told by an insightful craftsman."
--Paul J. Willis, author of The Alpine Tales
"Thom Satterlee's God's Liar, a novel narrated by a writer writing about a writer writing about still another writer, is--no surprise--about the power of language, the written word's potential to move, interrogate, affirm, offend, reveal, obscure, terrify, and comfort. We readers aren't only afforded opportunity to consider Milton's work in a new, intriguing light; we're also led to re-examine the troubled grace we see and hear in our own contemporary visions and voices."
--Tom Noyes, author of Come by Here: A Novella and Stories
"God's Liar vividly and rivetingly recreates the world that John Milton lived in during the years when London was riven by the plague. But it is really a novel about what it means to take risks, to compromise, and to sometimes fail--in other words, it's a novel about being human. And even if you are not someone who usually reads historic novels, you will be swept away by it."
--Linda Mannheim, author of This Way to Departures
"A comedy of manners . . . of the soul! What a delightful and unexpected novel, narrated by a wonderfully amicable liar you'll come to love and forgive. Thom Satterlee has written a surprising book that ponders the big questions while making you laugh and, occasionally, squirm. I hope Anthony Hopkins plays John Milton in the film!"
--Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Thom Satterlee is the author of The Stages: A Novel (2012) and Burning Wyclif: Poems (2006). He lives in Marion, Indiana.
"Smart, impish, and spare, Per Aage Brandt finds the physical in the metaphysical, and the fizz in the physiological."—Joanna Trzeciak
A cognitive scientist by trade, Per Aage Brandt's poems resemble little puzzle boxes—all quite short with lines of almost identical length. But within this seemingly rigid structure, he explores a vast range of topics, from death and communication to catastrophes, economics, intimacy, dreams, and cats. At once philosophical and playful, these poems stimulate the mind and are also disarmingly human.
if I were a suicide bomber, by profession,
so to speak, I would choose a deserted
place, climb up on a big boulder, focus
my mind intensely on the world's most
insane, stupid, malodorous, and in every
respect repulsive ideas, evoke and display
them, scrutinize their features very precisely
before my inner eye and ear, and then,
when all finally was totally clear,
I would activate the detonator in my belt
In addition to his poetry, Per Aage Brandt has published a large number of books on the subjects of semiotics, linguistics, culture, and music. He has also translated Molière and the Marquis de Sade, among others, and has had some of his translations set to music in Frederik Magle's Cantabile.
Thom Satterlee received his MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Arkansas, and has published two previous collections of Danish poetry in translation. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN America, and won the Translation Prize from the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Lorsque Mette Rasmussen, directrice de la Fondation Kierkegaard, est retrouvée assassinée, on découvre que des poèmes inédits du grand philosophe danois ont disparu par la même occasion. Heureusement, ils ont été traduits en anglais. Mais tous les soupçons se tournent alors vers le traducteur, l’américain Daniel Peters. Et Carsten Rasmussen, le fils de Mette, n’est pas le dernier à l’accuser.
Contraint de se défendre à tout prix, Peters découvre qu’il n’a aucun alibi probant et, atteint du même syndrome d’Asperger que le fondateur de l’existentialisme, comme certains le pensent, il se replonge dans la vie du philosophe et comprend petit à petit que Mette Rasmussen, qu’il a brièvement aimée, lui a laissé des indices qui pourraient le sauver. Mais pour cela, il va devoir regarder la vérité en face et, tout comme celle d’un Kierkegaard qui jouait beaucoup avec elle, la vérité ne manque pas de visages, et tous bien différents.
Écrit dans un anglais tout à la fois châtié, distancié et populaire, cet ouvrage est en même temps qu’un superbe roman à énigmes une étonnante suite de variations sur les thèmes de l’identité, du mensonge et de l’authenticité véritable.