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"A year has passed and Hadassah has donned veils to conceal her identity and the scars that now mark her body. Believed dead, she works helping a doctor in the poor section of the city and becomes skilled at healing through faith. When Julia falls ill, Hadassah faces a difficult decision: should she return to the Valerian household, risking exposure and death? The flame between Hadassah and Marcus is rekindled, though Marcus continues to search for...
Ivan Ilych, a peaceful public official in the Russian provinces, has his life permanently changed by a serious illness which no doctor can accurately diagnose. Hailed as one of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and...
The University of Chicago Press
A novel based on events in the life of Saint Thaīs of Egypt, a legendary convert to Christianity who is said to have lived in the 4th century. Paphnuce, an ascetic hermit of the Egyptian desert, journeys to Alexandria to find Thais, the libertine beauty whom he knew as a youth. Masquerading as a dandy, he is able to speak with her about eternity; surprisingly he succeeds in converting her to Christianity. Yet on their return to the desert he becomes...
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