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Conclave: The bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club thriller (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2017)

av Robert Harris (Författare)

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The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth.… (mer)
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Titel:Conclave: The bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club thriller
Författare:Robert Harris (Författare)
Info:Arrow (2017), Edition: 01, 400 pages
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Conclave av Robert Harris (2016)

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Well written and clearly well researched. The depth at which the author did his research into the subject of how Conclaves are actually performed was wonderful. I am happy to have picked this one up and added it to my growing number of books I have read. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Harris. ( )
  RavinScarface | Dec 13, 2020 |
Pretty well done, and manages to be a thriller involving Catholicism without going into silly territory like "The Da Vinci Code". ( )
  sci901 | Sep 18, 2020 |
I think "Conclave" is the best Robert Harris book so far. He's produced an empathic immersion into the closed world of the College of Cardinals, that manages to be compassionate, truthful and have just enough tension in it to keep you turning the pages while still having the people, rather than the plot, at the heart of the novel.

Set in the weeks after the unexpected death of what appears to be Pope Francis, the current Pope, "Conclave" tells the story of the election of next Pope by the 118 Cardinal Electors, sequestered in the Sistine Chapel until the Holy Spirit moves at least two thirds of to select one of their number to be Pope.

The story is told through the eyes of Cardinal Lomeli, Dean of the College of Cardinals and therefore responsible for managing the Conclave as well as voting in it.

Lomeli is a wonderful creation: a man who has served the Church mainly in ambassadorial roles as a Papal Nuncio and as Secretary of State, he is troubled by doubt and has recently found it difficult to pray. In his seventies, this Prince of the Church, shows remarkable humility. His ambition is simply to run the Concave in as neutral a way as possible so that God can guide him and his brother Cardinals to make the right decision. Neutrality becomes a less and less viable goal as facts about some of the leading candidates emerge and Lomeli finds himself taking decisions about what to do with information that could directly alter who is chosen as Pope. In these circumstances, Lomeli's guide seems always to be to do his duty to God. Of course, he would be greatly helped in this if God could be a little more directive about what his will is.

Lomeli kept a story human that could otherwise have been drowned in the procedural details of the conclave or overshadowed by an exploration of the divisions in the Church about women, homosexuality, Liberation Theology, the return of the Latin Mass, political and financial corruption, the continuing dominance of Italy in a world where most Catholics live outside of Europe.

I was a Catholic by birth and education, before taking a leap of faith and becoming an atheist, so I was intrigued to see how Robert Harris would treat the Church. I was pleased that he avoided both whitewash and demonisation. Instead, he presents men of many different backgrounds, personalities and beliefs, who are passionately trying to serve, even if some of them conflate service and ambition. What I found most affecting and most realistic, was the extent to which these men, especially the much troubled Lomeli, found their way through the moral and political maze through prayer. I never mastered prayer but I've known people for whom it is a daily necessity on a par with food and water. I'd like to believe that many of those leading the Church feel the same need.

The audiobook version is narrated with great skill by Roy McMillan. Click on the Soundcloud link below for a sample.

https://soundcloud.com/penguin-books/conclave-by-robert-harris-audiobook-extract... ( )
1 rösta MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
A thriller set during the choosing of a new Pope by cardinals cloistered from the outside world. I don't often read thrillers but I do adore religion, and this book was excellent for my taste. It had me guessing to the end, it felt very respectful to Catholicism throughout, it was built on increasing evidence, and it introduced me to a culture and a world that I'm not closely familiar with. To boot, the book ends on a deep question. ( )
  pammab | Apr 25, 2020 |
It was a very exciting story. The Pope is found dead in his bed in the morning. Now the 'machinery' starts to run. Different actors have their assigned roles, be it for the preparation of the funeral and the conclave or for their implementation. It also shows that cardinals can also be bought. It's about power and intrigue. The protagonists relentlessly treat each other. Wouldn't it be a mysterious cardinal who suddenly appears unexpectedly.
It is written very exciting and has grabbed me from the start. ( )
  Ameise1 | Apr 19, 2020 |
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'I thought it wiser not to eat with the cardinals. I ate in my room. At the eleventh hour I was elected Pope. O Jesus, I too can say what Pius XII said when he was elected: "Have mercy on me, Lord, according to thy great mercy." One would say that it is like a dream and yet, until I die, it is the most solemn reality of all my life. So I'm ready, Lord, "to live and die with you ." About three hundred thousand people applauded me on St Peter's balcony.

The arc-lights prevented me from seeing anything other than a shapeless, heaving mass.'

POPE JOHN XXIII , DIARY ENTRY, 28 OCTOBER 1958
'I was solitary before, but now my solitariness becomes complete and awesome. Hence the dizziness, like vertigo. Like a statue on a plinth—that is how I live now.'
POPE PAUL VI
Non credetti bene di scendere a desinare coi cardinali. Mangiai in camera. All'undicesimo scritinio, ecconmi nominato papa. O Gesù, anch'io dirò con Pio XI quando riuscì elettopapa: "Abbi pietà di me, o Dio, nella tua grande misericordia". Si direbbe un sogno ed è, prima di morire, la realtà più solenne di tuttta la mia vita. Eccomi pronto, o Signore, "per morire insieme e insieme vivere|. Circa trecentomila persone mi applaudivano. I riflettori mi impedivano di vedere altro che una massa amorfa in agitazione.
PAPA GIOVANNI XXIII, annotazione sull'Agenda quotidiana, 28 ottobre 1958
Già prima ero solitario, ma ora la mia solitudine diventa totale e terribile, dà le vertigini. Come una statua sopra una guglia, ecco come vivo ora.
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Even voor tweeën in de ochtend verliet kardinaal Lomeli zijn appartement in het Paleis van het Heilig Officie en liep haastig door de donkere kloostergangen van het Vaticaan naar het slaapvertrek van de paus.
Il cardinal Lomeli usci dal suo appartamento nel palazzo del Sant'Uffizio poco prima delle due di notte e attraversò in fretta i porticati bui del Vaticano, diretto alle stanze del papa.
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Accese l'abat-jour e lesse qualche pagina dalle Meditazioni prima della celebrazione della Santa Messa di Guardini:

Se qualcuno mi chiedesse con cos ha inizio la vita liturgica, risponderei: con l'imparare il raccoglimento...quel raccoglimento attento in cui può attecchire la parola di Dio. Dev'essere ragiunto prima che inizi la funzione, se possibile con il silenzio mentre si va verso la chiesa, ancor meglio con un breve periodo di meditazione la sera prima.

Ma come si raggiungeva quel raccoglimento? Quella era la domanda a cui Guardini non offriva risposta e, al posto del raccoglimento, man mano che la notte si trascinava lentamente, il rumore nella testa di Lomeli si fece ancora più insistente del solito. "Ha salvato gi altri, non può salvare se stesso". Lo scherno degli scriba e degli anziani ai piedi della croce. Il paradosso al centro del Vangelo. ll prete che celebra la messa ma non riesce a trovare la comunione.
"Io ti chiamo a gran voce, Dio, ma tu non mi rispondi." Nell'ultimo anno una specie di insonnia spirituale si era impadronita di lui, qualcosa di simile a un'interferenza che gli impediva di trovare quella comunione con lo Spirito Santo un tempo così naturale. E, proprio come accade col sonno, più si ambiva a una preghiera piena di significato, più questa diventava inafferrabile.
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The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth.

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