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Why Christos Tsiolkas is keen to talk to Christians

Writer of The Slap declares he’s fallen in love with Paul

There were times while reading Christos Tsiolkas’s new book, Damascus, when I had to peep through parted fingers shielding my eyes.

  • Anne Lim
  • Eternity

Such is the horrific brutality of the world it portrays – the ancient world of the early worshippers of “Yeshua” (Jesus) and the Romans who condemned them and threw Christian slaves to wild animals for entertainment.

It starts with Saul being the chief accuser of a woman – a girl, really – who is stoned for adultery.

Then after this zealous Jew is attacked by a blinding light on the road to Damascus, it describes his struggle to overcome the…

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