The Mandelbaum Gate

A Novel

by Muriel Spark

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  • 9781504054942
  • 9781453245057
For Barbara Vaughn, a checkpoint between Jordan and the newly formed Israel is the threshold to painful self-discovery
 
Barbara Vaughn is a scholarly woman whose fascination with religion stems partly from a conversion to Catholicism, and partly from her own half-Jewish background. When her boyfriend joins an archaeological excursion to search for additional Dead Sea Scrolls, Vaughn takes the opportunity to explore the Holy Land. But this is 1960, and with the nation of Israel still in its infancy, the British Empire in retreat from the region, and the Eichmann trials in full swing, Vaughn uncovers much deeper mysteries than those found at tourist sites. 
 
Both an espionage thriller and a journey of faith, The Mandelbaum Gate won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize upon its publication, and is one of Spark’s most compelling novels.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Muriel Spark including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s archive at the National Library of Scotland.
 

  • Open Road Media; March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781453245057
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  • Title: The Mandelbaum Gate
  • Author: Muriel Spark
  • Imprint: Open Road Media
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In The Press

“Takes the breath away . . . Pure adventure . . . Suspense as artfully maintained as anything by Graham Greene.” —The New Republic
“Spark’s powers of invention are apparently inexhaustible.” —Commonweal
 


About The Author

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century. Spark grew up in Edinburgh and worked as a department store secretary, writer for trade magazines, and literary editor before publishing her first novel in 1957. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), considered her masterpiece, was made into a stage play, a TV series, and a film. Spark became a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. 

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  • 9781504054942
  • 9781453245057