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Belmarch, by Christoper Davis

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Selected Comments and Review Quotes:

"A vast French warrior on the First Crusade takes part in the massacre of the Jews at Mainz. We meet him first in the cold, guilty aftermath of the slaughter and then in a dreamlike wandering, accompanied by the father of the boy he killed. A circuit in space and in time brings him back to the killing at Mainz. Each scene is described as though in a manuscript illumination, and the combination of brutality and a grave beauty is moving and consoling, despite the novel's savage drive at the reader's own guilt. I admired the book and in a sober rather frightened way enjoyed it."

—R.G.G. Price, Punch

"Mr. Davis's talent is such that he makes a simplicity from the complexity of his thesis, and imposes a modern meaning on a medieval text. The prose which treats the tensions of a dogma-obsessed age whose barbaric and schizophrenic deeds are not so far removed from this twentieth century is beautifully lucid."

—London, The Times

"If this book had a sound it would be a moan. Its color is blood...Christopher Davis is a story-teller with a vivid sense of visual imagery and striking descriptive power. Again and again he plays set- designer, sketching scenes that might have been created by Hieronymus Bosch, Goya or an entire school of demon-obsessed contemporary artists."

—Elaine Goff, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Christopher Davis treats history as if it were the spilled Id of the race...The whole statement has an authority—like the intuitions of our unguarded moments. It is dense with suggestion, stubbornly hewn out of resistant materials. Even the persistent crawl of the story is meaningful—a representation of the process from which faith is born."

—R.V. Cassill, The New York Times

"Belmarch undoubtedly belongs to the small and extraordinary company of allegories which bite hard and painfully. It is frighteningly topical."

—Adrian Mitchell, London, The Sunday Times

"A haunting and intense novel...A firm style projecting brilliantly the vaporous nightmare and striking toward a deep, buried nerve in the human condition."

—Kirkus Bulletin (starred)