Jeffrey Thomas Reviews William Peter Blatty’s „Dimiter“

“Sometimes suffering turns out to be the dirty window that at last allows grace to enter the heart.”

— From Dimiter.

It might seem unlikely that a person like myself, so openly critical of religion in my own writing, should have as his favorite horror novel The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, or that the explicitly Catholic Blatty should be a favorite author. Yes, as a teen I would pray repeatedly throughout the day, but I now consider that more of an obsessive compulsive neurosis — though one might argue that much religious behavior is neurotic. And yet even to an agnostic like myself, Blatty’s major novels — The Exorcist, its pseudo-sequel Legion, The Ninth Configuration, and most recently Dimiter — are profoundly moving and thought-provoking meditations on the human quest for meaning both personal and cosmic, and faith in the power of good.