The International Anthony Burgess Foundation Podcast
Jesus Christ in Fiction
In this episode, Andrew Biswell of the Burgess Foundation explores fictional representations of Jesus Christ with writer Nicholas Graham, author of The Judas Case.
We begin with Anthony Burgess’s 1979 novel, Man of Nazareth, an ambitious account of Jesus’s life from the point of view of a fictional Greek merchant. The novel was written at the same time as Burgess’s teleplay Jesus of Nazareth which was filmed by Franco Zeffirelli with Robert Powell in the lead role.
Nicholas Graham also introduces his own book, The Judas Case. Retired spymaster Solomon Eliades is called back into service to investigate the death of Yehuda of Kerioth, better known as Judas Iscariot, the most able undercover agent the Temple guard ever produced.
Nicholas Graham studied creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was a member of the Sidney Sussex College Cambridge University team that won BBC2’s University Challenge – Champions Reunited series. An early draft of The Judas Case won a 2016 Northern Writers Awards New Fiction Bursary. Nicholas lives with his partner in a remote coastal village in Cumbria.
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