Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible

Jeff Sharlet (Author) Peter Manseau (Author)


Now in paperback -- the book that caused a religious and critically acclaimed stir. Publishers Weekly called it the most original and insightful spiritual writing to come out of America since Jack Kerouac first hit the road. The Buffalo News hailed it as one of the most eccentric and fascinating books of the year. O, The Oprah Magazine said This collection proves that fear and trembling are human, but a sense of humor is divine.
Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet have created a work of calling that is as odd, moving, and inspiring as the people and the scriptures they encountered. Whether it is Manseau and Sharlet telling their psalms from outposts as unexpected as a strip club or a cattle-auction barn, Peter Trachtenberg unraveling the Gordian logic of Job via the Borscht Belt, Rick Moody finding a modern-day Jonah in Queens, or Haven Kimmel shocking and thrilling us with her Revelation, what emerges is not an attack on religion, but a quizzical, fascinating look at it from the inside. Killing the Buddha is a positively riveting look at the facets of true belief.

Product Details

Free Press
Publish Date
October 04, 2004
6.27 X 0.79 X 7.91 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Jeff Sharlet is a visiting research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media. He is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau, of Killing the Buddha, and the editor of He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Fils d'un prètre catholique et d'une religieuse ayant tous deux renoncé à leurs voeux, Peter Manseau est né en 1974 à côté de Boston. Après avoir fondé en 2000 la revue en ligne, pour laquelle il a reçu un prix, il a contribué à différentes publications, dont le New York Times et le Washington Post. Il a également publié plusieurs livres de non-fiction salués par la critique, parmi lesquels un récit autobiographique intitulé Vows: the Story of a Priest, a Nun and Their Son (2005) et Rag and Bone (2009), un essai sur les superstitions liées au culte des morts. Chansons pour la fille du boucher est son premier roman. Pour ce livre, il a reçu le National Jewish Book Award en 2008 - décerné pour la première fois à un auteur non-juif -, la Sophie Brody Medal for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature et en 2009 l'Harold U. Ribalow Prize. Professeur de Creative Writing à l'Université de Georgetown, où il suit également des études de théologie, il habite à Washington D.C. avec sa femme et leurs deux filles.


The New York Observer Whip-smart....Not so much a rewriting of the Bible as a super-charged hip-hop makeover....A genuine stab at a saucy kind of spirituality that's as bold as it is refreshing.
Elle Quirky, far-ranging....With a format as complex as many people's relationship with God, it shouldn't work, but it does -- a literary leap of faith.
The Denver Post A heartfelt meditation on and exploration of contemporary religious practice in the United intriguing work that is unafraid of controversy.