WITH A TWO-PART INTERVIEW among MARILYNNE ROBINSON AND PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT FIRST seemed within the NEW YORK overview OF BOOKS
A Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the artwork of the Essay
One of TIME magazine's most sensible Nonfiction Books of the Year
The spirit of our occasions can seem to be one in all joyless urgency. As a tradition we've turn into much less drawn to the exploration of the wonderful brain, and extra attracted to growing and studying applied sciences that might yield fabric future health. yet whereas cultural pessimism is usually stylish, there's nonetheless a lot to offer us wish. In The Givenness of Things, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson gives you an impassioned critique of our modern society whereas arguing that reverence needs to be given to who we're and what we're: creatures of singular curiosity and price, regardless of our error and depredations.
Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her novels, together with the nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award-winning Lila and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, and in her new essay assortment she trains her incisive brain on our glossy quandary and the mysteries of religion. those seventeen essays learn the information that experience encouraged and provoked considered one of our best writers all through her existence. no matter if she is investigating how the paintings of the good thinkers of the earlier, Calvin, Locke, Bonhoeffer--and Shakespeare--can infuse our lives, or calling recognition to the increase of the self-declared elite in American non secular and political lifestyles, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on reveal. beautiful and impressive, The Givenness of Things is an important demand us to discover knowledge and suggestions in our cultural historical past, and to provide grace to at least one another.