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September 2017, Issue 457 Jan Morris on four winds * Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on the great Nadar * Selina Hastings on A B Mitford & the birth of Japan * Robert Service on Gorbachev * John Gray on Charles Darwin * D J Taylor on Salman Rushdie * Catherine Peters on greedy Queen Victoria * Christopher Andrew on the Cold War * Diane Purkiss on the myth of Adam & Eve * Felipe Fernández-Armesto on the Mediterranean & the Atlantic * Robert Irwin on the Knights Templar * Jonathan Meades on the Age of Decadence * Sarah Ditum on Kathy Acker * James Womack on J M Coetzee's essays * Fiona Stafford on British trees * Anne Chisholm on Claire Messud *  and much, much more…

Diane Purkiss

The Rise and Fall of Adam & Eve

By Stephen Greenblatt

In Dürer’s etching they stand with their heads bent, about to take the fatal bite. In Masaccio’s fresco they flee, Eve’s mouth gaping in agony. The Fall of Man has fascinated many: it’s when we become mortal, knowing and sexual all at once. In this new book, Stephen Greenblatt turns his attention to Adam and Eve. In a departure for Greenblatt, this is an attempt at a full cultural history of the kind we might associate with Marina Warner. It was triggered by a visit to a pairadaeza, an old Persian garden, in Iran. He describes reaching, after driving for hours through desert, ‘a relatively small, dusty, square space with very old cedar trees lined up in rows along very straight paths... read more

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