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Lewi's Journey

Per Olov Enquist

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-341-4
Trim Size: 6 X 9

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Translated from the Swedish by Tiina Nunnally

Hailed internationally for The Royal Physician s Visit, winner of premier literary prizes around the world and acclaimed as a masterpiece by The Wall Street Journal and an enthralling fable of the temptations of power by Time, Per Olov Enquist has been long regarded as one of the foremost writers of fiction on the international scene. With Lewi s Journey, he captivates readers once again with his signature ability to weave a fascinating and compelling novel from the remnants of history.

Lewi s Journey is a powerful fictional account of the two men who built the Swedish Pentecostal movement from a renegade congregation based in a crumbling church house and ridiculed for paying credence to such practices as speaking in tongues, spirit baptism, and left wing politics, into the third largest religious community within Christendom, claiming at its peak a membership of more than 250 million souls worldwide. A humble preacher and failed writer of social novels, Lewi Pethrus introduced controversial reforms and a commitment to social equality through his tireless pursuit of spiritual and moral purity. His relentless energy won the movement thousands of new converts, but none more important than Sven Lidman, a decadent bohemian poet racked by disastrous affairs and a tortuously failed marriage, who was reborn as a prodigal son and the spiritual conscience of the movement, holding swooning audiences in thrall to his ecstatic and brilliantly metaphorical sermons that often recounted his own journey from perdition to penitence. These two men, allied by their faith and fervor, who guided the movement through unprecedented growth, were ultimately to become bitter enemies, through a schism ignited by a mysterious journey to America undertaken by Pethrus during Word War II.

With rights sold in ten countries, Lewi s Journey is at once a compelling examination of the conflicts between faith, power, conscience, and sexuality and a hypnotic tale of a moral and spiritual quest and for purity and meaning.

Praise for The Royal Physician s Visit:

Masterful . . . an extraordinarily elegant and gorgeous novel. Los Angeles Times Book Review

Enquist turns an actual historical incident into an enthralling fable of the temptations of power and a surprisingly poignant love story. Time

Per Olov Enquist is one of Sweden s most acclaimed writers a novelist, playwright, and poet with works published in more than twenty-five countries. His most recent novel, The Royal Physician s Visit, a New York Times notable book, won Sweden s most important literary award, the August Prize, as well as France s Prix du Meilleur Livre tranger and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Tiina Nunnally has received numerous awards for her translations, among them the Lewis Galanti re Prize of the American Translators Association and the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize.

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