Angels & saints

Eliot Weinberger

Book - 2020

"American essayist Eliot Weinberger's new book about angels and saints."--

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Subjects
Genres
Essays
Published
New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
159 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780811229869
0811229866
Main Author
Eliot Weinberger (author)
  • Angels
  • Saints
  • The afterlife
  • A guide to the illustrations /
  • Mary Wellesley.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Essayist Weinberger (The Ghosts of Birds) delivers a charming meditation on the nature of angels and saints, illustrated with gorgeous reproductions of the works of ninth century German Benedictine monk Hrabanus Maurus. Weinberger contributes the bulk of the text, comprising his interpretation of angels, including consideration of how many there are, and their appearance, essential nature ("God and the angels speak without sound... and are heard by "inward" or "mental" ears"), physical abilities, and functions. Weinberger concludes his consideration with a beautifully laid out "angelology," naming various angels and their powers, such as Mach, who can make one invisible. The rest of the volume is devoted to the stories of saints—some of which are quite lengthy, such as the biography of Saint Therese. Others are as brief as a sentence. (For John the Almsgiver, "He never spoke an idle word.") The volume is concluded with an essay by Wellesley, a British Library researcher, on the nature and history of Maurus's illustrations. The reproductions, scattered throughout the book, are full-color and invite the reader to contemplation. Academic and lay readers interested in Christian thought will enjoy Weinberger's eclectic homage to angels and saints. (Sept.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

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"American essayist Eliot Weinberger's new book about angels and saints"--