Jim Crace's novel Quarantine purports to be a text of 'post-Dawkins scientific atheism'. It re-sets the mystical gospel story of the Temptation in the Wilderness into a materialist universe where only the laws of nature preside, and thus converges on a well-established fictional form, the naturalistic biographical representation of Jesus in a fully realised historical setting. The Messianic claims of Jesus are assumed to evaporate under this scrutiny, and the truth-claims of religion itself to crumble beneath the application of scientific observation and the invocation of scientific laws. In the event however the novel discloses an imaginative and visionary realm in which miracles, for which there is no naturalistic explanation, happen. Holderness argues that like other agnostic writers who engage with Jesus, Crace is to some degree of God's party without knowing it.
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become his slave’. 12 The phrasing of Vanessa’s explanation implicitly foreshadows that the conflict cannot be resolved because it is not limited to a single body; rather, the words suggest that vampirism is a type of contagion that cannot be quarantined
plague. Oran is cut off from the outside world. After an initial period of disorientation, various people take on the life-threatening, perhaps hopeless, task of mitigating the plague’s effects: quarantining the infected, lancing boils to reduce the pain