The Sparrow

The Sparrow

by Mary Doria Russell

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/1998

  $19.99
Set in the 21st century - between 20 and 60 years from now - The Sparrow is the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and talented linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who - in response to a remarkable radio signal from the depths of space - leads a scientific mission to make first contact with an extraterrestrial culture. In the true tradition of Jesuit adventurers before him, Sandoz and his companions are prepared to endure isolation, suffering - even death - but nothing can prepare them for the civilisation they encounter, or for the tragic misunderstanding that brings the mission to a devastating end. Once considered a living saint, Sandoz returns alone to Earth horrifically maimed, both physically and spiritually, the mission s sole survivor - only to be blamed for the mission s failure and accused of heinous crimes. Written in clean, effortless prose and peopled with memorable, superbly-realised characters who never lose their humanity or humour, The Sparrow is a powerful, haunting fiction - a tragic but ultimately triumphant novel about the nature of faith, of love and what it means to be human .
ISBN:
9780552997775
9780552997775
Category:
Science fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-02-1998
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
198x127x32mm
Weight:
0.35kg

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