The Message to the Planet by Iris Murdochis a 563-page hardcover published by Viking. Stated first American edition of 1989. The dust jacket shows light shelf wear but is fully intact. Inside, the book has a black remainder mark along the bottom outside page edges. Otherwise, the book pages are clean and unmarked, and the binding is tight.
When Vallar miraculously cures Patrick with a laying-on of hands, he sets in motion a tide of events that touches an ever-widening circle of characters, including his own beautiful and eccentric daughter, Irina, with whom Ludens falls in love, and the angelic Bostonian feminist Maisie Tether, who is bent on rescuing Franca from her loveless marriage.
Is Marcus a genius? A saint? A religious warrior? Or just a madman? Is he good or evil? Can he raise a man from the dead? Iris Murdoch's twenty-fourth novel describes the rise and fall of a frustrated metaphysician, and the bewildered striving of men and women confronted with the mysteries of being human.