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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: The Story that Created Us

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: The Story that Created Us (Paperback)

By Greenblatt, Stephen

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Selected as a book of the year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Humans cannot live without stories. But one story has proved itself the most durable and hauntingly real of all time. The mythic tale of Adam and Eve has shaped conceptions of human origins and destiny for centurie...s. Stemming from a few verses in an ancient book, it became not just the foundation of three major world faiths, but has evolved through art, philosophy and science to serve as the mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires. What is it about Adam and Eve's story that fascinates us? What does it tell us about how our species lives, dies, works or has sex? In a quest that begins at the dawn of time, Stephen Greenblatt takes us from ancient Babylonia to the forests of east Africa. We meet evolutionary biologists and fossilised ancestors; we grapple with morality and marriage in Milton's Paradise Lost; and we decide if the Fall is the unvarnished truth or fictional allegory. Ultimately, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve allows us a new understanding of ourselves.
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ISBN 9780099587224
Released NZ 3 Dec 2018
Publisher Vintage
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780099587224
Stock Available
Status In-stock at supplier; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Released 3 Dec 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Greenblatt, Stephen
Category History of Art
History Of Ideas, Intellectual History
History Of Religion
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code 222.1109505
Weight 321g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fall of man, Sin, Original
NBS Text Religion: Comparative, General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly