From the publisher:
Love is as strong as death, as hard as Hell. The nameless and beautiful narrator of The Gargoyle is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and wakes up in a burns ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned. His life is over - he is now a monster. But in fact it is only just beginning. One day, Marianne Engel, a wild and compelling sculptress of gargoyles, enters his life and tells him that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly burned mercenary and she was a nun and a scribe who nursed him back to health in the famed monastery of Engelthal. As she spins her tale, Scheherazade fashion, and relates equally mesmerising stories of deathless love in Japan, Greenland, Italy and England, he finds himself drawn back to life - and, finally, to love.
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From a Waterstone's reviewer:
"This is an absolutely astonishing debut novel, beautifully written, ambitious and powerful. Its themes are vast in scope: redemption through suffering, the nature of beauty, mysticism, religion, madness... and above all the redeeming and enduring power of love. In a multi-faceted Russian doll of a narrative which contains stories within stories to illustrate a love that conquers time, Davidson draws on the legends and story-telling traditions of various civilisations and cultures, as well as on the Bible and Dante's Inferno... In short, this is not a book to be read lightly and then tossed carelessly aside. In the vein of say, The Shadow of the Wind, The Name of the Rose, or The Time Traveller's Wife, this story speaks to both heart and mind and lingers in the imagination long after the reader has finished."