‘Lewis is a master.’
‘Told, arrestingly, in journal form … we follow Alonso’s journey as he is dispatched by the Inquisitor General to the country’s northern frontier to root out ‘heresy, apostasy, backsliding’… This sombre work seeks to uncover those subterranean impulses that surge beneath Alonso’s faith.’
‘An admirably convincing period piece … Lewis has created a fascinating figure in Fray Alonso … evocative and challenging.’
‘Jeffrey Lewis’ The Inquisitor’s Diary is a succinct gem of literary fiction.’
In Mexico City, the Holy Office of the Inquisition holds sway over the people. Fray Alonso, its most zealous advocate, awaits promotion and passage to Spain, but outmanoeuvred by his rivals, he is instead sent north through the country, in search of heretics to bring before the tribunal.
What appears at first to be a futile journey becomes a great test of faith, as Alonso forms an unusual connection with his captured heretic. The bond between them forces Alonso to question every element of the faith and doctrine he has held so far.
Alonso’s diary charts his journey, following the priest and his captive as they come across questions of faith, love and morality, and what it is to live – and die – in a state of grace.
JEFFREY LEWIS is the author of Meritocracy: A Love Story, The Conference of the Birds, Theme Song for an Old Show, Adam the King, Bealport, Berlin Cantata, The Meritocracy Quartet, and Land of Cockaigne. He has twice won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction. He has also won two Emmys and the Writers’ Guild Award for his work as a writer and producer of the critically acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues. Jeffrey Lewis live in Castine, Maine and Los Angeles.
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