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Earthquakes and Gardens: Saint Hilarion’s Cyprus
by Virginia Burrus
University of Chicago Press, 2023
eISBN: 978-0-226-82455-0 | Paper: 978-0-226-82456-7 | Cloth: 978-0-226-82322-5
Library of Congress Classification BR65.J473V58 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 281.95693

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Essays about ruination, resilience, reading, and religion generated by a reflection on a fourth-century hagiography.
 
In Jerome’s Life of Saint Hilarion, a fourth-century saint briefly encounters the ruins of an earthquake-toppled city and a haunted garden in Cyprus. From these two fragmentary passages, Virginia Burrus delivers a series of sweeping meditations on our experience of place and the more-than-human worlds—the earth and its gods—that surround us. Moving between the personal and geological, Earthquakes and Gardens ruminates on destruction and resilience, ruination and resurgence, grief and consolation in times of disaster and loss. Ultimately, Burrus’s close readings reimagine religion as a practice that unsettles certainty and develops mutual flourishing.

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