Eden Revisited: A Novel
This launch brought together preeminent scholars of religion who spoke to the novel’s themes: Bruce Chilton, director of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard, which co-published the book with Natus Books; Alan Avery-Peck, Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross; and Claudia Setzer, professor of religion at Manhattan College. President of Bard College, Leon Botstein introduced the panel. A discussion with audience members followed the presentations.
Eden Revisited: A Novel
by Laszlo Z. Bito
Afterword by Ágnes Heller
Eden Revisited is an inventive and provocative novel that re-imagines the story of Adam and Eve and their sons Cain and Abel. We assume we know and understand that well-known myth, but in Laszlo Bito’s brilliant retelling, we encounter startling new meanings. A Bible story turns into a modern morality tale for our time that confronts the way we think about family, free will, evil, guilt, and the idea of God…. This book will move readers to think anew about how we might fashion an ethics of responsibility; a condition of genuine freedom without hate and intolerance. As autocracy and nativism gain popularity, Laszlo Bito’s voice is a welcome inspiration.
Laszlo Z. Bito (1934–2021)
Because of his involvement as a local organizer of the Hungarian Revolution, Laszlo Z. Bito (1934–2021) had to flee that country in 1956, and upon his arrival in the United States he attended and graduated from Bard College with a BA in chemistry and biology. He went on to earn a PhD in biophysics and cell biology from Columbia University, joining the Ophthalmology faculty of that university in 1965. His work there led to the development of the drug Xalatan, which has been for many years the gold standard for the treatment of glaucoma. At the age of sixty-three he retired from science to concentrate on the writing of fiction. At the time of his death his literary work included six biblical novels. The Gospel of Anonymous, released in 2011, marked his first, and until now only, novel published in English.
Publisher: Natus Books & The Institute for Advanced Theology
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Distributor: Independent Publishers Group (312) 337-0747
Publication Date: October 21, 2022
Price: $26.95 Pages: 266 Size: 5x7 Category: Fiction