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By injecting a bit of divinity into a highly evolved society, Hungarian novelist Bozai plunges it into near chaos. To Err Is Divine is the story of an aging schoolteacher, Anna Lévay, who is nearing retirement when a supernatural visitation thoroughly disrupts her orderly life. One evening after her bath, she is visited by a strange, inexplicable light that appears to settle about her head like the halo of a saint. What's so unnerving is that Anna is far from devout or even religious; in fact, she's a decided atheist.
Embarrassed and confused by this stubborn illumination, Anna tries to conceal her new accessory, but when nothing works, she gradually discovers that other than herself, only the truly innocent (small children and animals) are able to see it. However, the supernatural power the halo imparts is revealed to a much wider, and far less pure, audience. What follows is a creative and bewitching chronicle of this fascinating gifting as Anna, and eventually her community, experiences the mysterious power of her strange gift -- one that provokes insecurities, jealousies, and limitless ambitions as it becomes known to the greedy, cynical, and fallen among her race. With entrepreneurs, politicians, and an accommodating media standing ready to fully exploit the supernatural resource, a sharp and insightful social satire emerges, revealing the fickle nature of fortune and the fleeting wealth of a capitalist culture. (Fall 2004 Selection)