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Literature + Spirituality Series / Colm Toibin: Creating the Modern Mary

  • Sterling Memorial Library 120 High St., New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change. As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.—The Man Booker Prize

Jacqueline Osherow
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The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature
November 12 Thursday | 5:30 PM
Marquand Chapel

Eliza Griswold
Poynter Fellow in Journalism
February 4 Thursday | 5:30 PM
Whitney Humanities Center

Colm Toibin
Creating the Modern Mary
April 7 Thursday | 5:30 PM
Sterling Memorial Library Auditorium