Job’s Misery

Reflections on the Book of Job. “The story is bewildering, from beginning to end. How could God, being God, allow Satan to seduce him into destroying a good man? More important is the moral: that we have no right to question God for doing such things. Furthermore, the Book of Job seems to claim that all wrongs can be righted by property. If everything was taken away from Job, the problem is settled by God’s giving it all back” (4,100 words)

Dante: What The Hell

Dante’s 14C Divine Comedy continues to inspire. After perhaps 100 extant translations into English, this year brings two more from poets Clive James and Mary Jo Bang. Plus a novel from Dan Brown, Inferno, which uses Dante’s themes and imagery. “For all its absurdities, Brown’s book is a comfort, because it proves that the Divine Comedy is still alive in our culture”. As do the new translations, which are not great, but honourable (3,339 words)

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