Christos Tsiolkas’s stunning new novel Damascus is a soaring achievement that wrestles with the events surrounding the violent birth and establishment of the Christian Church. The Booker Prize–nominated, internationally bestselling author of The Slap and Barracuda examines the mythology of Paul the Apostle while exploring themes that have long obsessed him: class, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, exile, and the ways nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided. Described by Colm Tóibín as “one of the most significant contemporary storytellers today”, Christos joins ABC Radio’s Richard Fidler to discuss his imaginative masterpiece, in which perennial concerns are made vivid and visceral.

Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)

Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of six novels, including Dead Europe, Loaded and Barracuda. His novel The Slap won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal, and was announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. Many of his books have been adapted for film, TV and for the stage. Christos is also a playwright, essayist and film critic for The Saturday Paper. His latest novel is Damascus.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire, and the co-author of Saga Land with Kári Gíslason, which tells the story of their journey into the sagas of Iceland: the true stories of the first Viking families who settled there in the Middle Ages. Richard is the presenter of Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation, and is the most popular podcast in Australia.