In the middle of the night, the Pope has a terrible nightmare. The Devil is standing by his bed and leads him into temptation. But perhaps it’s not a dream? Can it really be the Devil standing there, living up to his reputation? With the narrative sophistication, sharp writing and off-beat sense of humour he is famous for, Charles Lewinsky pits the Lord’s most senior representatives on Earth against each other.
"It was all Sister Innocentia‘s fault." This is the opening of the duel between Pope and Devil. Sister Innocentia, who came from Germany to Rome a long time ago, has a weakness for Christmas stollen cake – delicious, but heavy on the stomach. Everyone finds it hard to resist, and that includes the Holy Father. But giving in to temptation is hardly the best preparation if you’re up against the Devil, who suddenly materialises in the Pope’s room and does his utmost to put him in a quandary with further seductive offers.
The Devil is in high spirits as he invites the Holy Father to join him for a night-time drive through Rome – in his red Ferrari, what else? The resulting spin makes for a highly entertaining and enjoyable read – an irresistible temptation for every reader, whether Catholic or not.
"Lewinsky has a deft feel for drama; you get the impression he has a field day setting the reader on one track and then drawing them onto another." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)