The Testament Of Mary

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Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary is the moving story of the Virgin Mary, told by a novelist famous for writing brilliantly about the family.From the author of Brooklyn, in a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change.As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.Praise for The Testament of Mary:'This is a short book, but it is as dense as a diamond. It is as tragic as a Spanish pieta, but it is completely heretical. Tóibín maintains all the dignity of Mary without subscribing to the myths that have accumulated around her' Edmund White, Irish Times'Depicting the harrowing losses and evasions that can go on between mothers and sons. Tóibín creates a reversed Pièta: he holds the mother in his arms' Independent'A beautiful and daring work. it takes its power from the surprise of its language, its almost shocking characterization' Mary Gordon, New York TimesColm Tóibín was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of six novels, including The Blackwater Lightship, The Master, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award, and two collections of stories, Mothers and Sons and The Empty Family.

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Out of fear of the Romans, this Mary abandons her son at the moment of his greatest despair, and, having removed herself to Ephesus, despises his followers who begin to romanticize his life soon after his death. The Testament of Mary is a play written by Colm Tóibín, based on his 2012 novella of the same name and 2011 play Testament.The play is a solo performance depicting "the mother of Jesus [who] tells her story of her son's Crucifixion" and questions his death and divinity. After a 2011 Irish production, the play ran briefly on Broadway in 2013, closing after only two weeks of a scheduled 12 ... It is, after all, entitled "The Testament of Mary," and the word "testament," which we might be tempted to slide over in our association with its biblical meaning, in fact suggests both ... The Testament of Mary intuits this, just as the dragon does in Revelation 12.