In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.'It is a book of such meditative calm, such spiritual intensity that is seems miraculous that her silence was only for 23 years; such measure of wisdom is the fruit of a lifetime. Robinson's prose, aligned with the sublime simplicity of the language of the bible, is nothing short of a benediction. You might not share its faith, but it is difficult not to be awed moved and ultimately humbled by the spiritual effulgence that lights up the novel from within' Neel Mukherjee, The Times'Writing of this quality, with an authority as unforced as the perfect pitch in music, is rare and carries with it a sense almost of danger - that at any moment, it might all go wrong. In Gilead, however, nothing goes wrong' Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
Marilynne Robinson wurde 1943 in Sandpoint, Idaho, am See aus "Haus ohne Halt" geboren. Sie studierte in Rhode Island Englische Literatur, promovierte in Washington und lehrte als Writer-in-Residence und Gastprofessorin an zahlreichen Universitäten. Heute unterrichtet sie am Writer's Workshop in Iowa.