Bloody History of the Fertile Crescent
offer possibilities not found in typical prose; even magic realism
cannot supplant the evocative nature of the true fantasy. They
are the only fantastic stories hanging on the rusty hook of metaphor
that people insist really happened. Thus, they have a grave and
exhilarating rhetorical power.
Here, I write
the story hovering just behind the dominant interpretation, the
story never told, perhaps because the characters were seen as
uninteresting or unpopular and therefore no place was reserved
for them in the dominant record. I also evoke the hidden story
secreted within the main figures, their more obscure motivations
and hidden wishes.
to see how Ismael and Isaac are one person, to see how Jesus came
to be the son of God, how Satan and God's relationship deteriorated,
how Jonah fared in the whale, why Adam and Eve left the garden.
Read to find out why Job was punished, where Joseph got his coat,
the origins of Mary's fantastic explanation, to find out what
happened to Sodom and Gomorrah. Learn about the second set of
commandments, and what Moses did with the first, why Cain slew
Abel, why the Tower of Babel faltered, what Jesus has to say about
alternative bible so this ancient text can fulfil its original
project: a bloody history of the Fertile Crescent.