Damascus, by Christos Tsiolkas (A&U, 2019)

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Damascus is an extraordinarily powerful and bloodthirsty novel about the origins of the Christian church. With great urgency and passion, Tsiolkas imagines the human aspects of this incredible piece of history, while asking contemporary questions about class, faith and doubt, tyranny, betrayal and sacrifice. It's an exhausting, epic read, violent in parts; this is history in the raw. This is a significant contribution to historical writing.