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A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening

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Language  Portuguese
Author  Mario de Carvalho
3.9/5 Goodreads

Country  Portugal
Originally published  1994
Translator  Gregory Rabassa
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Original title  Um Deus Passeando Pela Brisa da Tarde
Media type  Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages  304 pp (2001 US paperback)
Genres  Historical drama, Philosophical fiction
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A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening (Portuguese: Um Deus Passeando Pela Brisa da Tarde) is a historical novel by the Portuguese writer Mario de Carvalho, set in the Roman province of Lusitania during the reign of Roman Emperor Commodus. First published in Portugal in Portuguese in 1994 as Um Deus Passeando Pela Brisa da Tarde, the novel won several awards, including the 1996 Pegasus Prize, and became a best-seller in Portugal.

Plot

The book is told as a First-person narrative by Lucius Valerius Quintius, prefect of the fictional city Tarcisis during the reign of Commodus. He faces threats both internal and external, as Moors from North Africa are attacking the province, which is beset by social and political unrest. At the same time, the new Christian faith is gaining strength in the Roman lands. Quintus tries to deal justly with all these problems, inspired by the ideas of his role model, the late Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

As tension builds in the city, Quintius must decide how to punish Christian subversives led by the beautiful Iunia Cantaber, the daughter of an old friend of his. The prefect hesitates, for he has fallen in love with Iunia. He is both fascinated by and frustrated with the followers of the new religion; these people who "worship fish", as he puts it. He also reflects back on his visit to Rome several years earlier, where he met his hero Marcus Aurelius.

References

A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening Wikipedia


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