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Author: Pär Lagerkvist Narrator: Lorna Raver, Kristoffer Tabori, Yuri Rasovsky Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481549554

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In this powerful, poetic, and moving parable, the Wandering Jew of medieval Christian legend journeys to Delphi to consult the famed oracle of the pagans. He is turned away, but not before learning that one of the most adept of the old priestesses, or sibyls, lives in disgrace in the mountains above the temple. In her rude goat-hut he seeks the meaning of his disastrous brush with the son of God. She reveals that she, too, has been touched by the son of a god—a very different son, not quite human, born of her own body. He dwells with her as a constant reminder of the betrayal of her mystical and erotic union with the divine: her punishment, and perhaps, her redemption.

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  • “A remarkable book...a disturbing and fearful fable about human and divine love, and about the glories and disasters of both.”

    - ChicagoTribune
  • “Pär Lagerkvist has written another mythic tale somewhat after the pattern and dimension of Barabbas, but one in which spare narrative style rises to a heightened, surging lyricism.”

    - Saturday Review
  • “A work of manifold meanings and unmistakable profundity, one that can neither be easily understood nor easily forgotten.”

    - New Leader
  • “An extraordinarily absorbing story [with] a protagonist of great warmth, charm and power…for those whose faith in the novel as a living art form needs quickening…The Sibyl is unreservedly recommended.”

    - Commonweal
  • “The Sibyl offers an opportunity to hear the work of a Nobel Prize-winning author whose work is not particularly well known in English…The recording uses its three narrators to good effect.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A parable on divine love. It is as beautiful and easy to read as it is short…The writing is intense, simple, realistic, and poetic.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

Awards

  • Nobel Prize–Winning Author

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About the Author

Pär Lagerkvist (1891–1974), the author of some thirty-five books, was celebrated in his time for his versatility as a poet, dramatist, essayist, and novelist. He was elected to the Swedish Academy in 1940 and in 1951 was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

About the Narrators

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has appeared on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regional theaters around the country. Among her many television credits are NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Boston Legal, ER, and Star Trek. She starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell.

Kristoffer Tabori made his screen debut when he was six years old and appeared on Broadway for the first time at age sixteen. He has garnered numerous honors for his stage, screen, television, and radio acting and directing, including an Emmy and three Earphones Awards. His first solo narration won the 1993 Audie Award for best audiobook of the year.

Yuri Rasovsky (1944–2012) won wide critical acclaim during his forty-year career as an audio dramatist, writer, producer, and director. His numerous honors included two Peabody Awards, nine Audie Awards, and a Grammy. In 2011, his production for Blackstone, The Mark of Zorro, was nominated for a Grammy. His final production for Blackstone before his death was Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You! He has left behind an incredible legacy.