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Augustine of Hippo: The Confessions

Originally composed at the end of the 4th century, Augustine’s autobiography is one of the most consistently acclaimed and beloved works in the genre.  The Confessions is charged with complex emotional, spiritual, and intellectual material including themes related to psychology, linguistics, philosophy, theology, history and culture of Late Antiquity.  Heartfelt sincerity and depth of introspection, make this easily the most celebrated of Augustine's writings.

We will live read our favorite passages and discuss select themes.

For the first meeting: Books I, II, & III

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  • Josefina

    2 · April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a translation or edition you recommend, Kinga?

    March 31, 2014

    • Kinga

      I like the John Ryan translation best.

      March 31, 2014

    • George

      The version I know is translated by F. J. Sheed, but I can't (unlike others) recommend what I do not understand..

      April 19, 2014

  • Dan

    If a work of fiction is a text stripped of its context, that as it were creates its own context causa sui, and if modernity is our existence as alienated from the past, and if this very alienation means that the context of the past only emerges for us in the texts themselves, and yet if what we find as the content of these texts is not the past, but our own present concerns, anxieties, and dreams , then perhaps Augustine's "Confessions" really does deserve the title of "modernist fiction."

    3 · March 23, 2014

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