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The Sign of the Cross By Colm Toibin

The Sign of the Cross

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This is a study of European Catholics, evoking a world of unshakeable dogma and troubled devotion. It is an unusual tour of a disturbing Europe, at odds with much of modernity. Among the places visited by Toibin are Poland, Croatia, Spain, Slovakia and Glasgow - for a Celtic match.
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The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe by Colm Toibin

An Irish ex-Catholic sets out to discover the faith that compels more Europeans than any other religion. Beginning with a haunting description of the cathedral in the Irish provincial town where he grew up, Toibin sets off on a quest that takes him (amongst other places) to Poland with the Pope for a vast celebration of authoritarian belief; to wartime Croatia where the Virgin appears to her visionaries; to Spain and the ancient pilgrimage route of Santiago de la Compostela; to Slovakia, the world's newest Catholic state; to Glasgow for a Celtic match; and to England to interview new converts disturbed by women priests. Unaffected, human and written with a light touch, this book is a prism of the Catholic faith in Europe today.

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About Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. A former editor of Magill, Ireland's leadning currrent affairs monthly, he has published four previous books. Walking Along the Border was republished in 1994 in the form the author intended it for, as Bad Blood. Toibin's first novel, The South, won the Irish Times Prize and was an acclaimed ficitional debut; his second, The Heather Blazing, received the Encore Award. Both novels have been translated into several Eurpoean languages and published in the USA. Tiobin, who lives in Dublin, has also published a book about Barcelona.

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The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe by Colm Toibin
Colm Toibin
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Vintage Publishing
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