The Gospel of Louis: The Rise and Fall of a Fake, Modern Moses
By Daniel Sessions
Sensing early that a destiny of immense importance must lie in store for him, Louis Koenig rejects the small and silly life of his so-called peers in a satisfied town in the Rockies, and dedicates himself to bringing out his genius. But his failure to convert seething impulse into art threatens to crush him, and an enigmatic figure arrives with an offer that a desperate Louis cannot refuse. His meteoric rise begins with his production of a book revealing the return of Jesus Christ: a lowlife radical whose voice of new scripture lashes America's prosperous and powerful in their pursuit of profit and empire. This portrait inspires the formation of a camp of lowlifes around Louis, who proceeds to enjoy the benefits of playing sun to lost planets. When he leads this fan club to a wild and secluded patch of Africa--where the interests behind him can reign freely over his captive audience--a thousand pioneers blaze past the frontiers of human experience into realms foreseen by prophets, poets, and crackpots.
Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Beacon Publishing Group
Category: Comedy | Fiction
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The most ancient rocks in the state of Utah stand just north of Salt Lake City in a range that includes the Sessions Mountains, named after a Mormon pioneer who led wagon trains, married eight women, and helped to build what was hoped to be a holy settlement that would speed the earthly arrival of certain Biblical figures now consigned to the realm of myth. More than a century later, a few miles from these mountains, a descendant of this pioneer was born and raised, very much in the residue of the turbocharged religious atmosphere of the frontier settlement. Daniel attended the University of Utah and wrote for the school newspaper; he was particularly pleased to do a story on local Iraqi exiles, some of whom nearly overthrew Saddam Hussein in a revolt following Operation Desert Storm. Daniel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His debut novel is the product of more than a decade of vision and revision, costing the author something of a nervous breakdown about five years into the effort, his brain simply declaring a writer’s strike. Major influences on the book include Kafka, Chomsky, the Bible, and hundreds of hikes on the ancient rocks along the Sessions Mountains.
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