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The sacrament a novel

by Bragi Ólafsson, 1962-

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Summary
The haunting, vivid story of a nun whose past returns to her in unexpected ways, all while investigating a mysterious death and a series of harrowing abuse claimsA young nun is sent by the Vatican to investigate allegations of misconduct at a Catholic school in Iceland. During her time there, on a gray winter's day, a young student at the school watches the school's headmaster, Father August Franz, fall to his death from the church tower.Two decades later, the child—now a grown man, haunted by the past—calls the nun back to the scene of the crime. Seeking peace and calm in her twilight years at a convent in France, she has no choice to make a trip to Iceland again, a trip that brings her former visit, as well as her years as a young woman in Paris, powerfully and sometimes painfully to life. In Paris, she met an Icelandic girl who she has not seen since, but whose acquaintance changed her life, a relationship she relives all while reckoning with the mystery of August Franz's death and the abuses of power that may have brought it on.In The Sacrament, critically acclaimed novelist Olaf Olafsson looks deeply at the complexity of our past lives and selves; the faulty nature of memory; and the indelible mark left by the joys and traumas of youth. Affecting and beautifully observed, The Sacrament is both propulsively told and poignantly written—tinged with the tragedy of life's regrets but also moved by the possibilities of redemption, a new work from a novelist who consistently surprises and challenges.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sister Johanna's refuge in a rural French convent can't hide her from the past, which comes screeching to the fore in the form of orders from manipulative, politically savvy Cardinal Raffin. New information has emerged regarding a case she investigated for Raffin decades ago in Reykjavík, forcing Sister Johanna to steel herself to confront her life's gravest mistake. Through flashbacks, Sister Johanna reveals her first trip to Iceland in 1987, when her knowledge of Icelandic enabled her to investigate abuse allegations against Father August Frans, the parish school's headmaster. In Reykjavík, Johanna became fast friends with the local bishop's assistant, who helped her pry information from the city's secretive Catholic community. Sister Johanna was certain that Father August was guilty of abusing his students, but Raffin abruptly ordered her to close the investigation without conclusion after Augustus plummeted from a bell tower in an apparent suicide. Now, Sister Johanna resigns herself to face the secrets she's hidden for 40 years. Her increasingly explosive revelations drive this gripping, masterfully constructed story toward redemption and justice.--Christine Tran Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Olafsson (One Station Away) offers a mesmerizing and powerful look at abuse in the Catholic Church through the eyes of an elderly French nun called upon to revisit a two-decades-old case from 1987 in Iceland. Back then, Sister Johanna Marie, brought in to investigate because she had learned the language from her Icelandic college roommate, discovered that priests engaged in abhorrent behavior with impunity. Now, in 2009, she would rather tend her convent's rose garden, but when a Cardinal calls upon her to obtain new evidence from a witness who will speak only to her, she agrees to help. The circumstances of the original case are vividly recalled: during an investigation of a priest accused of abusive behavior, the priest fell to his death from a bell tower. Johanna is concerned now about what this witness remembers and what he will reveal. Besides the investigation particulars, the reader discovers why Johanna became a nun and why she had to mask her feelings for her college roommate--a hidden love that impacted the rest of her life. The author shines a light on the enigmatic workings of the Catholic Church and, in an astounding dénouement, delves into the balance between justice and vengeance, and the power of conviction, absolution, and redemption. This is an incisive novel. (Dec.)"
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Subjects Nuns Fiction
Literature
Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperCollins2019
2019
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Language English
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ISBN 9780062899897
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