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Irish Author Colm Toibin Eyes Booker Prize with Dark Gospel Tale

What surprises Irish author Colm Toibin about his latest book is that it hasn't been burned.   But he hopes the lack of controversy will not hold back his dark retelling of the Gospels, “The Testament of Mary,” from winning the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday at his third attempt.   In the novel, an aging, broken Mary bitterly recounts how “malcontents and half-crazed soothsayers” surrounded her son, helped lead him to a cruel death and then twisted his story to build a new ...

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