The Convent by Panos Karnezis

The Convent

Panos Karnezis

Just what sort of a miracle is the baby found outside a remote Spanish convent? One that allows for a gentle but inexorable examination of belief, passion, ambition, bigotry, kindness and diplomacy and other, all too human, traits. The Convent is a remarkable novel but not, perhaps, for those that would prefer doctrine to remain accepted rather than examined. Would make a great reading group title.

Extract

Next to her bed in the cradle she had just finished making, the child lay wrapped in a blanket. Sister Maria Ines observed him with grateful eyes and repeated in her mind that she would devote herself to him and to God; and she would become someone else. At long last she could say that she ought not to be burdened with the sin of her youth any more - but it was not for her to decide.

Parallels
  • Nada by Carmen Laforet
  • Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo
  • One Big Damn Puzzler by John Harding

Books with similar mood

When Red is Black

Qiu Xiaolong

Multitudes

Lucy Caldwell

The Girl with Glass Feet

Ali Shaw

Piggy Monk Square

Grace Jolliffe

The Beauty of the Husband

Anne Carson

Pop

Kitty Aldridge

Errors of the Spirit

Joolz

The Sea

John Banville

High Risk

Matt Dickinson

Balancing on the Edge of the World

Elizabeth Baines

A Thousand Paper Birds

Tor Udall

The Strays

Emily Bitto

The Golem and the Djinni

Helene Wecker

The Alphabet of Birds

S J Naudé

You

Joanna Briscoe

Private Life

Jane Smiley

Tide Running

Oonya Kempadoo

What the Eye Doesn't See

Alice Jolly

The Pursuit of Happiness

Douglas Kennedy

Dark Roots

Cate Kennedy

Modern Day Fables

Jason Petersen and Aarti Patel

Public Battles, Private Wars

Laura Wilkinson

Foal's Bread

Gillian Mears

Hitting Trees with Sticks

Jane Rogers

Turn of Mind

Alice LaPlante

Union Atlantic

Adam Haslett

The Night of the Mi'raj

Zoe Ferraris

Not to speak of the dog: 101 short stories in verse

Christopher Reid (ed)

The Voyage of the Narwhal

Andrea Barrett

How to Paint a Dead Man

Sarah Hall

OK Mr Field

Katharine Kilalea

The Rest of Their Lives

Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

The Bamboo Stalk

Saud Alsanousi

The Road to Urbino

Roma Tearne

The Angels of Russia

Patricia Le Roy

The Story of the Night

Colm Toibin

Sweet Fruit, Sour Land

Rebecca Ley

Castle of Water

Dane Huckelbridge

Schroder

Amity Gaige

Past the Shallows

Favel Parrett

The Coward's Tale

Vanessa Gebbie

Chattering

Louise Stern

Girl in Translation

Jean Kwok

The Road to Wanting

Wendy Law-Yone

The Unit

Ninni Holmqvist

Someone Else

Tonino Benacquista

Speaking With the Angel

Nick Hornby

Ali and Nino

Kurban Said

The Long Shadows

Alan Brownjohn