The Jesus Man is the long-awaited second novel by the author of Loaded, which was a critically acclaimed bestseller on its release in 1995, and was adapted into a brilliant and succssful film entitledHead On in 1998.
The Jesus Man tells the story of three brothers, Dominic, Tommy and Louie, who come from a Greek-Italian family haunted by its history. When Tommy is made redundant from work and can't find another job, he finds the voices in his head becoming louder and louder as he sinks inexorably into pornography, violence and madness. Tommy snaps and murders someone who may or may not be a serial sex killer of children, and then castrates and kills himself, leaving his family numb with grief and incomprehension and at the mercy of the ensuing media feeding frenzy.
The Jesus Man is told from the point of view of Louie, the youngest brother, who is struggling to make sense of Tommy's death and the kind of world in which such tragedies are commonplace.
Written with the remorseless, page-turning urgency of a thriller, The Jesus Man is an uncompromising and timely examination of the hell that is life for many people in the last decade of the millennium; a soulless void in which pornography takes the place of love, television the place of human contact and where individual worth has been superseded by economic rationalism. Counterpointing this unremittingly bleak vision is the sweet humanity and optimism of Louie, oneof the great characters of contemporary literature, who looks within himself to find a place beyond the casual horror and mundanity of everyday life.
It is his sense of hope for the future that shines through The Jesus Man, and that fact that we as readers believe in his optimism and are intensely uplifted by the book's final powerful message confirms Christos Tsiolkas as one of our finest and most original writers. About The Author
Christos Tsiolkas was born in Melbourne in 1965. LOADED, his first novel, was published in 1995 and later made into the award-winning film HEAD ON. In 1996 he collaborated with Sasha Soldatow on the dialogue JUMP CUTS. His novel THE JESUS MAN was published in 1999. His critically acclaimed novel DEAD EUROPE was published in 2005 and in 2008 he reached bestselling status with the bold THE SLAP which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: May 1999
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.4 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1