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Translation of writings by the French philosopher on Christianity.
This collection presents some of Nancy's best thinking on the matter of Christianity and religion, from wide-ranging speculation in a give -and-take with 'the public' to the incisive title essay focused on a charged encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. This latter is a particularly bold and searching reading, far more engaged than is the case with most Biblical interpretation by those who profess themselves attentive to scripture. The attention to painting's response to the scene is deeply impressive, certainly revelatory for the general reader and probably even for art historians. The deft and elegant translation, as a real bonus, captures the layered texture of Nancy's thinking in exemplary fashion.-Ian Balfour