Philip Pullman

Great Britain

Wednesday 13 October 2010 at 20:00 The Queen's Hall

International Authors Stage

Meet the English bestselling writer Philip Pullman in the Black Diamond. Pullman is world famous for his novels, among others His Dark Materials (Da. Det Gyldne Kompas). His large Danish audience has a unique chance to hear him tell the story of how the myth about the Son of God might have been created. 

With his latest novel The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Da. Det gode menneske Jesus og skurken Kristus) Pullman has made a surprising deconstruction of the myth about Jesus. He exposes the gap between what Jesus was preaching and what the church later on did with the greatest story of all times.

The premise of the book is that Mary gave birth to twins: Jesus and Christ. We hear the story about how the generous visionary, charismatic and radical Jesus through his short life transforms into the Biblical Messiah, Son of God.

But his twin brother is continually stalking him, as a shadow. The twin brother, simultaneously consentient and unsettled, insecure, reluctant and resistant, and through his meetings with a mysterious stranger, undertakes the role as the observant writer and cronicler.

The novel is one the most discussed books in England this spring; the critics were filled with enthusiasm, while religious fanatics threatened to assassinate him.

Pullman is one of England's most outspoken atheists.He does not disguise his critical views on the church as an institution, but he refers to himself as “Church of England Atheist”. At the same time he acknowledges his Christian heritage: Bible stories are part of us, they are in our cultural genes.

Pullman was born in England in 1946, and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. He is a teacher by education but has been a full time writer the last twenty years. In 2005, he was the winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Philip Pullman, the committee argues, is a master storyteller in a number of genres – from historical novels and fantasy to social realism and highly amusing parodies.

With inventiveness, linguistic brilliance and psychological insight he creates and explores his own worlds without losing focus on the real world.

Besides the Astrid Lindgren Award he has won the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was the first author of children’s books to win the Whitbread Book of the Year.

 

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The event takes place in English. Duration aprox. 1½ hour

Acknowledgements:

Forlaget Tiderne Skifter

The conversation will be recorded by DR TV

 

Read more

Philip Pullman's official site

See Pullman's brilliant defence of the provocative title The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ