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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Grove Pr
Publication date January 1, 2004
Pages 576
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780802140456
ISBN-10 0802140459
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.65 lbs.
Original list price $14.00
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Summary
Ten years after recanting their teachings and abandoning their zealous and violent congregation, two men known only as the Patron and Guide of Humankind seek to overcome a radical faction while leading peaceful followers toward a new future. Reprint.
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The first new novel Oe has published since winning the Nobel Prize, Somersault is a magnificent story of the charisma of leaders, the danger of zealotry, and the mystery of faith.

A decade before the story opens, two men referred to as the Patron and Guide of mankind were leaders of an influential religious movement. When a radical faction of their followers threatened to unleash an apocalypse, they recanted all of their teachings and abandoned their followers. Now, after ten years of silence, Patron and Guide begin contacting their old followers and reaching out to the public, assisted by a small group of young people who have come to them in recent months.

Just as they are beginning this renewed push, the radical faction kidnaps Guide, holding him captive until his health gives out. Patron and a small core of the faithful, including a painter named Kizu who may become the new Guide, move to the mountains to establish the church’s new base, followed by two groups from Patron’s old church: the devout Quiet Women, and the Technicians, who have ties to the old radical faction. The Baby Fireflies, young men from a nearby village, attempt to influence the church with local traditions and military discipline. As planning proceeds for the summer conference that will bring together the faithful and launch the new church in the eyes of the world, the conflicting agendas of these factions threaten to make a mockery of the church’s unity—or something far more dangerous.


Editions
Hardcover
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With Philip Gabriel (other contributor) | from Atlantic Books (July 10, 2003)
9781843540809 | details & prices | 592 pages | List price $28.90
About: A decade before this story opens two men referred to as the Patron and Guide of mankind dissolve their influential religious movement.
With J. Philip Gabriel | from Grove Pr (March 1, 2003)
9780802117380 | details & prices | 720 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 1.94 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Ten years after recanting their teachings and abandoning their zealous and violent congregation, two men known only as the Patron and Guide of Humankind seek to overcome a radical faction while leading peaceful followers toward a new future.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Grove Pr (January 1, 2004)
9780802140456 | details & prices | 576 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $14.00
About: Ten years after recanting their teachings and abandoning their zealous and violent congregation, two men known only as the Patron and Guide of Humankind seek to overcome a radical faction while leading peaceful followers toward a new future.

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