Set in the Judean desert, the book tells the story of a group of individuals who have chosen to quarantine themselves for forty days in order to find spiritual growth and healing. Among them is a young man who believes he is the son of God. As they battle the harsh conditions, their physical and psychological limits are tested, leading to a climactic and tragic end. The novel offers a unique interpretation of the biblical story of Jesus's forty-day fast in the wilderness.
The 3735th greatest book of all time
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This book is on the following lists:
- Costa Book Award - Best Novel (Costa Coffee)
- The Modern Library: The Two Hundred Best Novels in English Since 1950 (The Modern Library (Book))