Conjuring Mary

A barely recognisable Virgin

Conjuring Mary

The Testament of Mary

by Colm Tóibín

Picador, $19.99 hb, 104 pp, 9781742611044

Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaixis a broadcaster, essayist, and memoirist whose latest collection of talks and essays, As I was

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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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