AFTERLIVES OF THE SAINTS

Stories From the End Of Faith

Colin Dickey

In Afterlives of the Saints, Colin Dickey— author of Cranioklepty—presents us with a history of faith as told through some of the strangest stories of the saints. These are saints who murder, saints who gouge out their own eyes and hold them out for inspection, saints who minister to the petty and the bizarre and the maligned. These are saints who, when visited in a contemporary context—as saints in the cities—actually enlarge our concept of faith.

With a lively intellect and fresh insight, Dickey reveals that we can no longer experience the world as did the saints who once walked amongst us.

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In Afterlives of the Saints, Colin Dickey— author of Cranioklepty—presents us with a history of faith as told through some of the strangest stories of the saints. These are saints who murder, saints who gouge out their own eyes and hold them out for inspection, saints who minister to the petty and the bizarre and the maligned. These are saints who, when visited in a contemporary context—as saints in the cities—actually enlarge our concept of faith.

With a lively intellect and fresh insight, Dickey reveals that we can no longer experience the world as did the saints who once walked amongst us. Today, such ascetics, pushing their bodies to the edges of experience, would be labeled with all manner of clinical diagnoses: masochism, anorexia, schizophrenia. The old pathways to sainthood are clearly incompatible with modern life. In our world, such practices are pathologies.

And yet, these saints have become a creative engine by which we can tap into the rich attraction of excess, while safely observing a kind of superhuman insanity. Colin Dickey retells their stories, not as a theologian, but as someone trying to understand the ways of the world.

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  • Unbridled Books
  • Hardcover
  • June 2012
  • 288 Pages
  • 9781609530723

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About Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey is the co-editor of Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Cabinet, TriQuarterly, and The Santa Monica Review. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Praise

“Seductive…a welcome revision…like Chaucer.” The Los Angeles Review of Books

“An unusual and quite fascinating collection of tales.”Booklist

“Afterlives of the Saints is right up my alley…There’s a decent amount of the juicy details, too…this book makes me see the web of the world. ”Nisaba Be Praised

“This book reminded me of Malcom Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw. . . ”All Sorts of Books

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