Under Tiberius (Hardcover)

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In this unique retelling of the New Testament the Divine is made a little--OK, a lot--more human. Disgraced speech writer Gaius Fulvius Falconus finds a two-bit Jewish thief, but sees great promise, thus cometh Christ. A buddy tale, a black comedy, an adventure, historical fiction, this lyrical 'memoir' is funny, profane, wise, and undoubtedly offensive to certain persons.

P.S. The prologue is a framing story where Nick Tosches discovers the manuscript that is this book. Honestly, if that part doesn't work for you, you can skip to the actual 'memoirs' of Gaius, the speechwriter who writes 'Under Tiberius.'

— Abe


A work of dangerous and haunting beauty by America's last real literary outlaw.

Under Tiberius is a thrilling story of crime and deceit involving the man who came to be called Jesus Christ. Deep in the recesses of the Vatican, Nick Tosches unearths a first-century memoir by Gaius Fulvius Falconius, foremost speechwriter for Emperor Tiberius. The codex is profound, proof of the existence of a Messiah who was anything but the one we've known -- a shabby and licentious thief.

After encountering him in the streets of Judea, Gaius becomes spin doctor to Jesus, and the pair schemes to accrue untold riches by convincing the masses that Jesus is the Son of God. As their marriage of truth and lies is consummated, friendship and wary respect develop between these two grifters.

Outrageous and disturbing, Under Tiberius is as black as the ravishing night, shot through with fierce and brilliant light.

About the Author

Nick Tosches is from Newark, New Jersey. He is the author of four previous novels, Me and the Devil, In the Hands of Dante, Cut Numbers, and Trinities. His nonfiction works include Where Dead Voices Gather, The Devil and Sonny Liston, Dino, Power on Earth, Hellfire, Country, and Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316405669
ISBN-10: 0316405663
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English