“Never in my life have I feared death as much as I feared that resurrection”: First American Edition of The Last Temptation of Christ; Lengthily Inscribed by Translator Peter Bien

  • The Last Temptation of Christ.

The Last Temptation of Christ.


Item Number: 29094

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960.

First American edition of this historical novel, basis for the 1988 Academy nominated film. Octavo, original half cloth. Translated from the original Greek by Peter A. Bien. Signed by the translator as follows, “Never in my life have I feared death as much as I feared that resurrection.” Peter Bien Hanover, NH.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional inscription.

Hailed as a masterpiece by critics worldwide, The Last Temptation of Christ is a monumental reinterpretation of the Gospels that brilliantly fleshes out Christ’s Passion. This literary rendering of the life of Jesus Christ has courted controversy since its publication by depicting a Christ far more human than the one seen in the Bible. He is a figure who is gloriously divine but earthy and human, a man like any other—subject to fear, doubt, and pain. “A searing, soaring, shocking novel: (Time). Basis for the 1988 film directed by Martin Scorsese starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Andre Gregory, Harry Dean Stanton and David Bowie.

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