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Morris West THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN Franklin Library Signed

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Limited edition leatherbound hardback of THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN by Morris West and published by The Franklin Library in 1980. Signed by Morris L. West on the third free endpaper under a tissue guard. Illustrated by Dennis Lyall. States: 'This limited edition of 'The Shoes of the Fisherman' by Morris West has been privately printed, and individually signed by the author'. With a Special Message to the subscribers from West prefacing the novel.

The book is in fine condition (clean black faux-leather boards and gilt decoration on the front and gilt decoration & lettering on the spine, gilt page ends and purple silk moire endpapers with matching purple page-marker ribbon). No dust jacket as issued. Internally, the pages are clean and tight, there are no tears and no other inscriptions. There is some foxing to the top page edges.

Australian novelist and playwright Morris West's books were published in 27 languages and sold more than 60 million copies. West was awarded the 1959 'James Tait Black Memorial Prize' for The Devil's Advocate. During the early 1960s, he helped found the Australian Society of Authors.

The Shoes of the Fisherman was first published in 1963. The novel concerns the election of a Ukrainian pope, and is a dissection of Vatican politics. Many of the characteristics of Father Telemond were based on the controversial French Jesuit palaeontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

West's Kiril Pavlovich Lakota is inspired by the lives of two Ukrainian Catholic bishops: Cardinal Josyf Slipyj and Bishop Hryhorij Lakota. Slipyj was released by Nikita Khrushchev's administration from a Siberian Gulag in 1963, the year of the novel's publication, after political pressure from Pope John XXIII and United States President John F. Kennedy. Slipyj arrived in Rome in time to participate in the Second Vatican Council. Lakota died in 1950 in a Soviet Gulag.

Pope John XXIII died on the day the novel was published, 3 June 1963. The book reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for adult fiction on 30 June 1963, and became the No. 1 best-selling novel in the United States for that year, according to Publishers Weekly. In the story, Kiril Lakota, the protagonist and archbishop of Lviv was created cardinal with the title of St. Athanasius. In 1965, Josyf Slipyj, Archbishop (later Major-Archbishop) of Lviv was proclaimed a cardinal with the title of Sant'Atanasio (St. Athanasius) by Pope Paul VI.

A film version directed by Michael Anderson was released in 1968 and won best film at the National Board Review and was Golden Globe and Oscar nominated.

A pope has died, and the corridors of the Vatican hum with intrigue as cardinals from all over the world gather to choose his successor. Suddenly, the election is concluded with a surprise result. The new pope is the youngest cardinal of all - and a Russian.

Shoes of the Fisherman slowly unravels the heartwarming and profound story of Kiril Lakota, a cardinal who reluctantly steps out from behind the Iron Curtain to lead the Catholic Church and to grapple with the many issues facing the contemporary world.

303 pages. Illustrated with black & white drawings.

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