Damascus Gate

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Pan Macmillan, Jun 28, 2012 - Fiction - 512 pages
5 Reviews

‘At once religious discussion, love story, mystery, delivered with the verve of an airport thriller . . . The central character of this book is Jerusalem; the book reeks of its myriad mythologies and beliefs . . . Damascus Gate is an amazing read . . . a rare and remarkable feast of writing’ Scotland on Sunday

‘The heir of Conrad, Hemingway and, crucially, Graham Greene, Stone is at his best when his characters are in extremis . . . the scenes of violent confrontation could not have been rendered more powerfully by any other writer . . . formidable’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A book that is not afraid to take on the big themes like faith, faction, spirituality, tribalism, identity and injustice . . . It is also an extraordinary treatment of Jerusalem itself . . . With Stone, it has found the kind of imaginative interpreter that every city waits for’ Sunday Times

‘Writing this good should be engraved on tablets of stone in letters of fire and blood. Fantastic’ Uncut

‘Stone has a journalist’s eye for detail, but a novelist’s eye for irony . . . Damascus Gate is rich with theme and atmosphere . . . few writers could even attempt to capture, as Stone does, both the intense, combative spirituality of Jerusalem and the festering menace of Gaza’ Esquire

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User Review  - rondoctor - LibraryThing

I picked up this book because of a review I read. It looked intriguing. Unfortunately, the story didn't live up to its review. Too much repetition and false erudition. I was tempted to give it up a ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

Some elements in "Damascus Gate" will seem pretty familiar to fans of Robert Stone: illegal opiates, the presence of seductive, destructive personalities, a general atmosphere of paranoia and ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Robert Stone is an award-winning American novelist. He won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1975 for his novel Dog Soldiers and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and once for the PEN/Faulkner Awards.

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