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Rehabilitating the Serpent by Jack Harte

    A young girl with the highest ideals joins the Church as a nun and ends up dumping the bodies of dead babies in a cess pit. What happened to her?

    A pious young man takes a bomb to a children's pop concert with the intention of killing himself and as many children as possible in the name of his god. What happened to him?

    Churches that claim to mediate Jesus Christ's philosophy of love, anti-violence, rejection of wealth and privilege, have a long bloody history of wars, repression, and persecution - all to accumulate and retain wealth, power, privilege. What happened to them?

    Religion inspires love and hatred in equal measure. Intrigued by these paradoxes, Jack Harte analyses religions back to their origins in story, through the medium of narrative itself, and challenges the notions of good and evil on which they are based. He confronts the ultimate Boogey Man, the Devil, the Serpent.

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Scotus Press is a small literary press which publishes books as resources allow. It is not subsidised and so depends on the sales of its back numbers to finance future publications. It commissions books and is not, regretfully, open for unsolicited manuscripts. Since its foundation in 2004, Scotus has achieved and enabled its authors to achieve:

    The Bulgarian edition of Jack Harte’s In the wake of the Bagger, first published by Scotus, was shortlisted for the Krastan Dyankov Award for books translated into Bulgarian.

    Congratulations to Vergil Nemchev, another Scotus author, who was shortlisted for the Contemporary Bulgarian Writers Award of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation.

    The International Press Institute based in Vienna nominated Seraglio 55 by Georgy Pryakhin, published in English by Scotus, for the International Human Rights Book Award presented at a public ceremony in the Vienna City Hall on 18 May, 2010. This was in recognition of Pryakhin’s contribution to press freedom by dismantling Communist Party control of the media in the USSR under Gorbachev.

    Scotus Press author, Toma Markov, was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of the European Academy of Poetry.