Christos Tsiolkas

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Winner of the 2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction Longlisted for the Literary Fiction Book Of The Year, ABIA 2020 Longlisted for Best Fiction, Indie Book Awards 2020
book | Fiction | Oct 2019
UK → Atlantic Books

The stunningly powerful new novel from the author of The Slap.

2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction Winner

Christos Tsiolkas' stunning new novel Damascus is a work of soaring ambition and achievement, of immense power and epic scope, taking as its subject nothing less than events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, and focusing on characters one and two generations on from the death of Christ, as well as Paul (Saul) himself, Damascus nevertheless explores the themes that have always obsessed Tsiolkas as a writer: class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, exile; the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided - it's all here, the contemporary and urgent questions, perennial concerns made vivid and visceral.

In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice.


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This is a sprawling, rambling, glorious book, supremely confident in its structure and understanding and though lengthy, so fast paced as to leave the reader gasping. [...] I cannot recommend this extraordinary novel highly enough.

The Canberra Times

Damascus is the remarkable culmination of a long gestation of profound exploration for Tsiolkas; this is the novel's beating heart.​

The Saturday Paper

Christos Tsiolkas' latest novel - a narrative of shock and awe, fear and trembling, so large in ambition it will probably be the book for which he is best remembered

The Weekend Australian

Christos’s infatuation with the writing of Patrick White is reflected in the way his words are finely honed.
Reading this book is to choose to take a journey that may be uncomfortable and challenging. It will be
interesting and maybe rewarding, but certainly looks with a new perspective at an old story.

Blue Wolf Reviews

A masterpiece of imagination and transformation, Christos Tsiolkas’ Damascus is a historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny  and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice.

Arts Review

One of Australia’s most esteemed contemporary writers

True Blue

It's the work of a real writer

Brisbane Times

This high-stakes, dramapacked
novel poses contemporary and urgent questions that feel painfully relevant today.


Christos Tsiolkas
has written a powerful and confronting novel which speaks of love and hate, kindness and cruelty, and the fluidity of faith.

Queensland Reviewers Collective

A stunning piece of work from one of Australia's boldest literary voices.


Damascus is a powerfully vivid and deeply human novel that tackles topical themes through the lens of history.

The West Australian

There are too many highlights to count in this daring, shocking, speculative work of biblical fiction. Once again, [Tsiolkas] will have everyone talking about his new book.

South Burnett Times

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