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The Divine Husband, by Francisco Goldman, Atlantic Books, €23.

15th January, 2005

The Divine Husband, by Francisco Goldman, Atlantic Books, €23.

It is some time in the 1870s in the Latin American republic of Guatemala. Maria de las Nieves Moran is a novice nun of Irish-Indian extraction, with a morally dubious predilection for picking individual strands of wool from her scratchy outer garments for use in the induction of fits of uncontrollable sneezing.

Even in these tumultuous times, with religious institutions being closed quicker than conversations between...

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