For the sake of silence

Green, Michael (2008) For the sake of silence. Umuzi, Roggebaai. ISBN 9781415200452

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Named after the Holy Fool and Gaper, Father Joseph Cupertino tells an extraordinary tale ranging from Austria to Bosnia, Natal to East Griqualand during the 19th and early 20th Century. It chronicles the journey of a monk, Franz Pfanner, through the obscure labyrinths of the Trappist order, avowed to a life of silent contemplation, to where he establishes the monastery at Marianhill in South Africa. Hardworking and devoted, Pfanner leaves in his wake a trail of controversy that reaches its apex at Marianhill which, through his missionary zeal, grows into one of the largest monasteries in the world. His success at spreading the Word of God, however, comes at a terrible price, for it requires his surrender to the world of words, through which faith, contemplation and grace become intermingled with demonic possession, madness, even murder. After Pfanner’s death in exile the Gaper buries the heart of his Abbot and, for the sake of silence, violates his very commitment to silence in writing this chronicle. This provocative second work of fiction by Michael Cawood Green uses the multiple aspects of silence to interrogate the lost stories it recovers.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Q300 English studies
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Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2010 09:33
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:29

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