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Confessions (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)by Augustine
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Garry Will‛s complete translation of Saint Augustin‛s spiritual masterpiece¬—available now for the first time
Garry Wills is an exceptionally gifted translator and one of our best writers on religion today. His bestselling translations of individual chapters of Saint Augustin‛s Confessions have received widespread and glowing reviews. Now for the first time, Will‛s translation of the entire work is being published as a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. Removed by time and place but not by spiritual relevance, Augustin‛s Confessions continues to influence contemporary religion, language, and thought. Reading with fresh, keen eyes, Wills brings his superb gifts of analysis and insight to this ambitious translation of the entire book.
“[Wills] renders Augustin‛s famous and influential text in direct language with all the spirited wordplay and poetic strength intact”
¬—Los Angeles Times
“[Will‛s] translations . . . are meant to bring Augustine straight into our own minds; and they succeed. Well-known passages, over which my eyes have often gazed, spring to life again from Will‛s pages”
¬—Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books
“Augustine flourishes in Will‛s hand”
“A masterful synthesis of classical philosophy and scriptural erudition”
Garry Wills is an exceptionally gifted translator and one of our finest writers on religion. His bestselling Penguin Lives biography, Saint Augustine, received widespread and glowing reviews, many of which noted his masterful translations of the famed fourth- century bishop's works. Now, reading with fresh, keen eyes, Wills applies his unparalleled talents and his superb gifts of analysis and insight to this ambitious and complete translation of Saint Augustine's Confessions. Removed by time and place but not by spiritual relevance, Confessions is one of the most resonant texts in the Western canon, and continues to influence contemporary religion, languages, and thought.
‘As a youth … I had prayed to you for chastity and said “Give me chastity and continence, but not yet”’
The son of a pagan father and a Christian mother, Saint Augustine spent his early years torn between conflicting faiths and worldviews. His Confessions, written when he was in his forties, recount how, slowly and painfully, he came to turn away from his youthful ideas and licentious lifestyle, to become instead a staunch advocate of Christianity and one of its most influential thinkers. A remarkably honest and revealing spiritual autobiography, the Confessions also address fundamental issues of Christian doctrine, and many of the prayers and meditations it includes are still an integral part of the practice of Christianity today.
In his introduction R. S. Pine-Coffin discusses Saint Augustine’s intentions in writing his Confessions and issues of translation. This edition also includes a list of dates of events recorded in the Confessions.
About the Author
Saint Augustine (354¬Ė430) wrote Confessions and The City of God.
Garry Wills is the author of numerous books, including Why I Am a Catholic, Papal Sin, and the Penguin Lives biography Saint Augustine.
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