Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf
In the intersection of the 15th and 16th centuries, a Dwarf (Big "D" to show respect) goes from the mean streets of Rome to walk with the giants of that world. Madsen remarkably gives us a tour of Europe, Italy, Rome, the Vatican, the papacy, Gnosticism, side-shows, sex, gore and love - always love. The Inquisition is in bloom and heretics are treated in ways that are described in detail, with questioning normal Christian or Roman Catholic beliefs as well as intimate descriptions of sex or be exposed to visceral scenes. The book is very well written and flows smoothly.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JGolomb - LibraryThing
This is a hard novel to categorize. It's part historical fiction, part tragic-comedy, part treatise on gnostic thought, and it's part historical lecture on European renaissance-era religion and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Panairjdde - LibraryThing
Intriguing title, promising beginnigs, bad ending. I took it off the shelf because the title was interesting and because it looked like a book I like very much, Q, but in the end the storyline was dull and not enough challenging. Read full review