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The Implacable Hunter

Gerald Kersh
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‘[This] is the story of the beginning and the end of St Paul, that most complicated and worrying of all the saints. The narrator is Diomed, a colonial officer stationed at Tarsus, enlightened, intelligent, a great fraterniser with the patrician natives, [who] sends the strange young Jew to persecute the Nazarenes… [Kersh brings] a highly concentrated area of Roman colonial history to very real life – the ornate wine-cup, the crapulous cold fruit-juice at dawn, dust on a sandal… King Jesus is here, all the time… the fly-itch nuisance to the Empire that wakes its prefects up in nightmare… This is a masterly book, full of live people and a live age, live language, too… We may adjudge Mr Kersh, after reading The Implaccable Hunter, to be now at the height of his powers.’
Anthony Burgess, Yorkshire Post, 1961


Gerald Kersh was born in Teddington on August 26 1911. He quit schooling early, and took a succession of jobs while developing his ambition to write. In 1934 he published a roman a clef, Jews without Jehovah, immediately suppressed by members of his family who took exception to its contents. Following the outbreak of war Kersh joined the Coldstream Guards…

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