The Last Confession by Morris West audiobook

The Last Confession

By Morris West
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Bolinda Audio 9781760297763
7.77 Hours 1
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One of the most famous victims of the Holy Office of the Inquisition was the brilliant Dominican monk Giordano Bruno, burnt at the stake for heresy in 1600. Morris West recreates a diary of Bruno's intimate thoughts as he languishes in Rome's worst prison for seven years. Bruno's reflections and frank memories of his life reveal him to be both a fine thinker and a flawed priest-and a man willing to pay the highest price to be true to himself. The Last Confession was West's final novel, published posthumously. Written with passion and compassion, this is a voice that mesmerises from the start.

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One of the most famous victims of the Holy Office of the Inquisition was the brilliant Dominican monk Giordano Bruno, burnt at the stake for heresy in 1600. Morris West recreates a diary of Bruno's intimate thoughts as he languishes in Rome's worst prison for seven years. Bruno's reflections and frank memories of his life reveal him to be both a fine thinker and a flawed priest-and a man willing to pay the highest price to be true to himself. The Last Confession was West's final novel, published posthumously. Written with passion and compassion, this is a voice that mesmerises from the start.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] sobering and intense novel…Morris here presents a ‘reconstructive’ portrait of Bruno through an imagined diary. This diary, Bruno’s confession of an admittedly imperfect life written in the Inquisitors’ prison, is an attempt to spread his plea for intellectual freedom. We learn about his travels as a monk, an academic, and an impassioned lecturer and his propensity for good wine and the company of women…Thanks to the author’s talent for suspense, the reader awaits Bruno’s fate on tenterhooks…Recommended for all public libraries.” Library Journal
"[The Last Confession] brings to life a man who died rather than recant his beliefs. Booklist

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Author Bio: Morris West

Author Bio: Morris West

Morris West (1916–1999) was a successful novelist, playwright, and artist. At the age of fourteen, he entered the Christian Brothers seminary “as a kind of refuge” from a difficult childhood. He attended the University of Melbourne and worked as a teacher. In 1941 he left the Christian Brothers without taking final vows. During World War II he worked as a code-breaker, and for a time he was private secretary to former prime minister Billy Hughes. After the war, West became a successful writer and producer of radio serials. In 1955 he left Australia and lived with his family in Austria, Italy, England and the United States. He also worked for a time as the Vatican correspondent for the British newspaper, the Daily Mail. He wrote 30 books and many plays, and several of his novels were adapted for film. His books were published in twenty-eight languages and sold more than seventy million copies worldwide. Each new book he wrote after he became an established writer sold more than one million copies.

West received many awards and accolades over his long writing career, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the W. H. Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature for The Devil’s Advocate. In 1978 he was elected a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1985 and was made an Officer of the Order (AO) in 1997. He helped to found the Australian Society of Authors, was chairman of the National Book Council, chairman of the National Library of Australia, and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 7.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English