A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening
Winner of the Portuguese Writers' Association Grand Prize for Fiction and the Pegasus Prize for Literature, and a best-seller in Portugal, Mario de Carvalho's A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening is a vivid and affecting historical novel set at the twilight of the Roman Empire and the dawn of the Christian era. Lucius Valerius Quintius is prefect of the fictitious city of Tarcisis, charged to defend it against menaces from without -- Moors invading the Iberian peninsula -- and from within -- the decadent complacency of the Pax Romana. Lucius's devotion to civic duty undergoes its most crucial test when Iunia Cantaber, the beautiful, charismatic leader of the outlawed Christian sect, is brought before his court. A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening is a timeless story of an era beset by radical upheaval and a man struggling to reconcile his heart, his ethics, and his civic duty.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - janerawoof - LibraryThing
I first read this book in May this year . I just finished rereading it [July 2013] and I have increased the stars from 4 to 5. Languid. Thought-provoking. This novel takes place in the Roman ... Read full review
A GOD STROLLING IN THE COOL OF THE EVENINGUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A God Strolling In The Cool Of The Evening ($26.95; Oct.; 265 pp.; 0-8071-2235-1): Winner of the 1996 Pegasus Prize for Literature, this novel, set in late-imperial Rome (second century a.d.), is its ... Read full review