By Cormac McCarthy, the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, Child of God is a taut, chilling novel that plumbs the depths of human degradation. Lester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman dispossessed on his ancestral land, is released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with his strange lusts. McCarthy transforms commonplace brushes with humanity - in homesteads, stores and in the woods - into stunning scenes of the comic and the grotesque, and as the story hurtles toward its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humour, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.
A powerful and talented writer, able to elicit compassion for his protagonist however terrible his action. Sunday Times
Cormac McCarthy, geboren 1933 in Rhodes Island, wuchs in Knoxville/Tennessee, auf. Für seine Bücher wurde er u.a. mit dem William Faulkner Award, dem American Academy Award, dem National Book Award und dem National Book Crities Circle Award ausgezeichnet. McCarthy lebt heute in El Paso, Texas. 2009 erhielt er den PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.