Live from Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal


Live from Golgotha: The Gospel according to Gore Vidal is a novel by Gore Vidal, an irreverent spoof of the New Testament. Told from the perspective of Saint Timothy as he travels with Saint Paul, the 1992 novel's narrative shifts in time as Timothy and Paul combat a mysterious hacker from the future who is deleting all traces of Christianity. The title of the novel alludes to the fact that the author "made sport of the notion of television coverage of the Crucifixion, as the kind of thing that would happen only in contemporary America". The author has been called a "blasphemer" for portraying "Saint Paul as a huckster and pederast and Jesus a buffoon". John Rechy reviewing the novel for the Los Angeles Times wrote that "If God exists and Jesus is His son, then Gore Vidal is going to hell". Christopher Hitchens described the book as a "masterpiece of blasphemous vulgarity".The book is Vidal's twenty-second novel and a fifth novel focused on the topic of religion, the others being Messiah (1954), Julian (1964), Kalki (1978), and Creation (1981), and the second of Vidal's novels that fit in the fifth gospel genre.
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original title: Live from Golgotha: The Gospel According to Gore Vidal
language: English
date of publication: 1992
genre: comic novel


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