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Monday, December 7, 2015

From our Jesuit reporter

Satan as was seen by St Ignatius

The 'indirect and partly unauthorized' autobiography of St Ignatius of Loyola can also be read as a fascinating reportage on Renaissance society in the first half of the 16th century. He provides a lively representation of everyday life, Church life, culture, the role of women, wealth and poverty, power, war -- the endless one between Emperor Charles V and King Francis I -- as well as the relationship between the Christian world and the Muslim world, drawing on his own experiences across Spain, Italy, Holy Land, including some hints at Northern Europe.
Things often prove different than the way commonplace would have them.

An excellent Italian version has just been re-published: Roberto Calasso (transl. and ed.), Il racconto del Pellegrino, Milan: Adelphi, 2015, pages 108, euros 10