Conjuring Mary

A barely recognisable Virgin

Conjuring Mary

The Testament of Mary

by Colm Tóibín

Picador, $19.99 hb, 104 pp, 9781742611044

What a scandal! The Blessed Virgin sprawled on a bed in the half-dark, dead as a doornail, belly swollen, bare legs sticking out for all the world to see. What could Caravaggio have been thinking of?

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Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix is a broadcaster, essayist, and memoirist. His most recent book is The Pleasures of Leisure (2017).  He is also the author of several other books including the autobiography A Mother’s Disgrace (1994), the novels Night Letters (1996) and Corfu (2001), and the travel memoirs Twilight of Love (2004) and Arabesques (2008).

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