An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time
The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide—for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.
A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life—and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete—and her time on earth will be finished.
Already an international literary sensation, the Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible.
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'Davidson spins a world so expansive and magically realised that it is heart-rending to return to the real one.' -- Suzanne Black, The List
'It is serious and daft, quiet and exhuberant, a novel that makes you think and an exotic adventure.' -- Simon Baker, The Daily Telegraph
'Once launched into this intense tale of unconventional romance, few readers will want to put it down.' -- Publishers Weekly
'There's a palpable fizz to the prose.' -- Stuart Evers, Word Magazine
Compulsively readable . . . the pages almost turn themselves. -- Metro
Extraordinary . . . The Gargoyle has a big personality . . . An exotic adventure. -- Daily Telegraph
Mixing romance, classic allusion and reality, Davidson's debut is a bravura performance.
-- **** Marie Claire
Reads like a thriller. -- Guardian
Very original and powerfully written -- Charles Palliser, author of THE QUINCUNX
Wildly imaginative . . . Bound to be an international bestseller. -- Observer
"'Mixing romance, classic allusion and reality, Davidson's debut is a bravura performance.' **** Marie Claire"
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