The breadth of Paulson’s dialogue is big, taking the reader from Greek and Roman tragedy, to Christian satire within the paintings of rapid and Hogarth, to Hawthorne’s and Melville’s novels, and at last to twentieth-century reviews of fine and evil by means of such authors as James, Conrad, Faulkner, Greene, Heller, Vonnegut, and O’Brien. the place does evil come from? What are “moral values”? If evil is a cultural build, what does that suggest? Paulson’s literary travel of sin and evil during the last 2 hundred years offers not just a historic point of view but additionally new methods of considering vital concerns that signify our personal period of violence, intolerance, and war.
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