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“Tosches’ novel takes the form of a translation of an eyewitness account of Jesus’ ministry, a brilliant, dark journey that takes almost every piece of the well-worn gospel stories and turns them on their heads….not since The Last Temptation of Christ (1960) has there been a book with so much potential for offending believers. But there’s far more to it than shock value. This is also a meditation on the extraordinary strength of both lies and belief, and it shows how truth can sometimes grow in the shadows between them. Disturbing, audacious, and powerful.”
—Booklist, starred review

“Blows the doors off the historical novel with an unflinchingly blasphemous, mirthfully vulgar, and ultimately brilliant story of Jesus….Tosches is taking eloquent aim at the way history, religion, and political fantasy obscure the persistent realities of humanity. This novel succeeds where every neutered passion play–depiction of Jesus fails, simply by showing us a man.
—Publishers Weekly

Under Tiberius by Nick Tosches might be the most insane book of 2015.”
—Publishers Weekly via Twitter

“Clever, historically sound…a bawdy tale of grifting, gambling and serious sin.”
—The Globe and Mail

“One of the greatest living American writers.”
—The Dallas Observer

—The New Yorker

“An Olympian mastery of language.”
— Library Journal

"Blindingly brilliant.”
— Entertainment Weekly

“Unbelievable. I read everything by Nick Tosches... words and wisdom that I shall carry with me into the fucking dirt.”
— Johnny Depp

“There are, in fact, very few writers who have Nick Tosches’ singular gift.”
— David Hare, The Spectator

“Great...a triumph!”
— James Elroy

“Tosches works wonders.”
The Los Angeles Herald Examiner


The New Statesman

“Extraordinarily compelling.”
The London Times

— The New York Times Book Review

"Nick Tosches is a beautiful thug [who] has always beaten back a demon while inhabiting the very soul of the beast.”
— Philadelphia City Paper

— Rolling Stone

"Tosches strikes gold.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Terrific...beautiful...one hell of a poet...Nick Tosches is such an extraordinary writer he could write about the Staten Island phone book and make it interesting. It is the vastness of Nick Tosches’ heart that makes it possible to reveal the darkness...I feel speechless in the face of such perfection. I have never read such a beautifully constructed and written document in my life.”
— Hubert Selby, Jr.

L’homme-serpent...the revelation of these recent years.”
— Rage

— The Chattanooga Times

“An American classic.”
— Greil Marcus

— The Washington Post

“Sets a new standard.”
The Los Angeles Times

“Erudite, visionary [...] Nick Tosches reigns supreme as the King of Hipster Lit. Not to read him, quite simply, is to remain lame.”
— Shout

“Grandmaster of Grit Lit, Nick Tosches writes eloquently about America’s underbelly.”
— The Boston Globe

“[Tosches writes] without illusion and yet with real sympathy, call it a form of love. That is a real achievement of writing and feeling.”
— David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker

— The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Breathtaking writing.”
— Time Out New York

— The Dallas Morning News

“Muscular and incendiary.”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer

“As versatile, soulful, tough and funny as any writer at work in America today.”
— The New York Daily News

“A testament to the power of Tosches’ writing.”
— The Arizona Republic

“A feat.”
— Esquire

“Tough, tender, knowing, and tense.”
— The San Francisco Chronicle

“Tosches’s book is a work of art.”
— Esquire

— Time Magazine

“The story-teller of hell.”
— L’Officiel Homme

— New York Newsday

“The ultimate epic bard of Little Italy."
— L’Express

— Loaded

“Nick Tosches stands out as the kind of writer other writers only dream of becoming—amazing at fiction, unparalleled in journalism and biography, and possessed of a stature and genius his lessers can but crouch beneath, gazing up in wonder, awe, and more than a little terror at what this man, in a single, unfinished life, has been able to accomplish on the page.”
— Jerry Stahl

“A new vision.”
— Options

“Plunges to the heart of the forces of evil.”
Le Monde Livres

— Booklist

“Darker than the dark.”

“Tosches can't write a dull book.”
— Washington Post Book World

“Nick Tosches knows the devil as well as any man has.”
— Keith Richards

“The single, most brain-searingly dangerous man of letters. Read him at your peril.”
Anthony Bourdain

“I’m an admirer of anything and everything Nick Tosches writes.”
— Tom Robbins

“Nick Tosches’s extravagant and evocative biography is a superbly told story that makes sense of the wildest, most messed-up survivor in the history of rock ’n’ roll. They don’t make them like that any more. And, perhaps for that very reason, they don’t write them like that anymore. A killer of a book.”
— The Observer, in declaring Hellfire to be the greatest rock-’n’-roll book ever written

“Will burn the skin off your fingers...compelling...you’ll go the distance.”

“Tosches can't write a dull book. He sets his foot firmly on your throat from the start; he wont let up, and you won’t want him to.”
Washington Post Book World

“A writer of rare humanity.”

“Rich, fully dimensional, psychologically revealing.”

“Approaching genius.”
The Buffalo News

“Literate, poetic, dark, shocking, wonderful.”
— Tim Robbins

“Nick Tosches doesn’t just report the wised up lingo of low-biz, he uses it, sometimes to almost poetic effect... And he also has a gift for recounting the social history of anti-social people.”
— Richard Schickel, The Wall Street Journal

— Robert Birnbaum, The Morning News

“Nick Tosches’s pen is a knife that can whittle anything well!”
— Alexander Theroux

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Nick Tosches lives in what used to be New York.

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opening lines

“Some years ago, in the spring of 2000, I was spending my days in the Vatican... ”

[Under Tiberius, 2015]
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Me and the Devil
“The past is a very bad place.”

[Me and the Devil, 2012]
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The Devil and Sonny Liston
“The corpse was rolled over and lay face down on the metal slab.”

[The Devil and Sonny Liston, 2000]
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“ I write these words on a hot and humid morning toward the end of a dying century, some years after I myself was written off and left as dead.”

[The NIck Tosches Reader, 2000]
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Unsung Heroes of Rock N Roll,
“This book will not increase the size of your penis.”

[Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll, 1984]
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King of the Jews
“Once upon a time, when New York City lived and breathed, there was a man marked for death, like us all.”

[King of the Jews, 2005]
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“He stood there like the lesser part of his own shadow; stood there, as he did every night on Second Avenue...”

[Trinities, 1994]
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“It was three o’clock in the morning, and the master bedroom of Graceland was still.”

[Hellfire, 1982]
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n the Hand of Dante
“Louie pulled off his bra and threw it down upon the casket.”

[In the Hand of Dante, 2002]
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“It was like the guys from the other side used to say: La vecchiaia e carogna.”

[Dino, 1992]
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“In the spring of 1607 a man named John Laydon, or Lydon, came to America.”

[Country, 1977]
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The Last Opium Den
“You see, I needed to go to Hell.”

[The Last Opium Den, 2002]
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Power on Earth
“I had wanted to meet the devil, and now here I was, toward dark, alone on a bench in a piny garden in a place called Voghera.”

[Power on Earth, 1986]

Where Dead Voices Gather
“Many years ago, I wrote a book called Country.”

[Where Dead Voices Gather, 2001]
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Cut Numbers
“Clouds like gusted shadows of the dead moved past the Lenten moon, drifting west toward Jersey.”

[Cut Numbers, 1988]
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