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Star of the unborn, Hardcover – January 1, 1946
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Actually, it is a challenge to religious orthodoxy in all its forms. If anything, it encourages readers to explore beyond religiosity and spirituality while telling a compelling story of the thin border between utopia and dystopia in the voice of a man who witnessed the trench warfare of WW1, the rise of Nazism (they burned his books), and WW2.
Although this book was written before the US unleashed an atomic holocaust on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the infernal devastation of those two crimes against humanity are somehow present in this book amid an endlessly fascinating imagining of life and death on the Earth 100,000 years from now.
I first read this book as a teenager in the early '60s and considered myself fortunate when I found a 1st edition in a 2nd hand bookstore 30+ years ago, before the Internet made everything easy to find. We are fortunate that it's been reprinted, though I prefer the gray-blue cover of the hardbound original version because it left all of the Werfel's stunning images to the imagination: an exercise that I can best describe as yoga for the mind.