Truth or Death: The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition by Thierry HentschTruth or Death: The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition by Thierry Hentsch

Truth or Death: The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition

byThierry HentschTranslated byFred A. Reed

Paperback | September 1, 2004

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In the tradition of James Frazer, Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, Thierry Hentsch retells, with new urgency and a keen critical eye, "the story of the West" that shapes our perception of the world. Yet, "the story of the West" does not exist. Only a reading of its most seminal texts-from Ulysses to Hamlet, from the Torah to the Gospels, from Plato to Descartes-can bring it alive.His tale turns on a startling discovery: The Christian message of immortality is conditional. To overcome death-the touchstone of the human condition-the believer must accept the Truth of salvation. Western civilization, by replacing God with technoscience, offers the universal promise that salvation may now be gained on earth. Yet, as a condition, it would impose its own absolute morality on the world. Truth or Death: the Biblical injunction is ours as well.
Thierry Hentsch Swiss-born, Francophone author Thierry Hentsch carried out various diplomatic missions for the International Red Cross in Syria, Palestine and Pakistan. An expert in intercultural relations, especially between the East and West, he published many incisive journal articles, reviews and collections, which have appeared ...
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Title:Truth or Death: The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 1, 2004Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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"All those who wonder what is a classic, or who simply wish to re-establish contact with the sources of the Western narrative tradition, will find here a work of great depth, magnificently written."