Crimes, Sins, and Monstrosities
Evil in Literature
  Evil and Suffering in Auster, DeLillo, Doctorow, and Vonnegut

The Fall of the Rebel Angels (detail)
Pieter Brueghel the Elder . 1562
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles

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From Plato to Augustine, from Nietzsche to Levinas, the enigma of evil has always tormented us. We want to know where it comes from and what leads us to commit it. We ask ourselves how to respond to evil. We want to explain what the role of religion is in the opposition to or, sometimes, in the inspiration of evil. More fundamentally, we wonder how we can deal with a reality in which evil is not only a threatening possibility, but also a pervasive phenomenon. (resumo)