When it comes to sacred, it is always difficult to search a perfect definition of the concept.
In our times, everything can be sacred: a love, a religion, a celebrity, an object, everything can be the centre of a personal cult and sacration.
So, in the story of literature, we had several examples of how something can be assured as sacred – and how religion’s not what it seems.
Here we are, so get on your knees and pray.
The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
A sacred book for Italian culture, Manzoni wrote the tormented story of Renzo and Lucia and their unrequited love. The book is about what is sacred and what is not, what religion really hides and what we can do with virtues and vices to nobilitate our minds and souls.
God is the main fil-rouge of the story, everything is permeated with Him, but is not the main sacred thing: Manzoni taught us how even love and temperance can be our sacred cult.
Paradise Lost – John Milton
A beautiful and magisterially written epic poem about the biblical Fall of Men: from the Temptation of Adam and Eve to their loss of the Eden, Milton warns us about the difficulties we can go through not conciliating sacred and profane, not understanding what being a man is and what religion truly means to a society.
Emmaus – Alessandro Baricco
Underrated book from one of the most famous Italian author, this novel is about the story of a love triangle between three kids with the background of a church and the catholic religion.
Everything is not what it seems and secrets will be unveiled, but also is a beautiful book about the hidden sides of cult, religion and what can be sacred to a human being.
Please, read this book in your twenties.
The kingdom – Emmanuel Carrere
My love for Carrere is not a secret for you readers, so when it came to write the bookworm for this issue I was pleased to introduce this particular book from the French author.
Here, our Carrere introduce to us his experience about being a Christian for twenty years and what he discovered and learned in that time. Recalling Bible and Catholic history, this book is an anthology that can’t be missed when it comes to understand and trying to discover what sacred means today.
Artificial Paradises – Charles Baudelaire
Scandalous and atypical, this book is the personal concept of sacred for Baudelaire, telling us about the magical and miraculous powers of drugs and addiction.
In this little essay, he tells us about the sacration of alcohol and every kind of drugs, creating for our human nature an artificial paradise on earth, introducing us to the cult of them
Don’t try this at home.
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
What will happen when old and new gods confront themselves?
Gaiman asked himself about and this was the result: a beautiful and entertaining novel about what religion and sacred icons maned through the time for the evolution of us as a population and human beings.