Palm Beach, FL (Vocus) November 6, 2010
If a person had the opportunity to speak with Christ today, what would he or she say to Him? Fyodor Dostoevsky, the great Russian writer, wrote of such an encounter in 1879 known as “The Grand Inquisitor,” which can be found in Book 5, Chapter 5 of The Brothers Karamazov.
In Enigma: A Literary Fable, author Wynant Vanderpoel, at the risk of criticism for playing off one of Dostoevsky’s masterpieces, presents an informal and, at times, humorous twenty-first-century version. In this modern version, the central character, Thomas Clarkson, wrestles with spirituality throughout his life, framed and influenced by events on the global stage from World War II to the Iraq War and by the knowledge known today that was not known in 1879.
The idea for writing a modern version occurred to the author when The Twin Towers at the World Trade Center were brought down by two commercial jets controlled by terrorists and a third jet with terrorists at the controls, crashing into the Pentagon. In “The Grand Inquisitor”, Dostoevsky suggests that only one religion, Christianity, can save the world from unending chaos. But after 9/11 and other terrorist attacks around the world, many perpetuated by those of the Islamic faith, it occurred to Vanderpoel that Dostoevsky’s view might be different today.
In The Brothers Karamazov, a Catholic cardinal shares his thoughts while speaking to Christ in a Seville dungeon. In Enigma, Clarkson’s encounter with Christ takes place at a small church in the sleepy fictitious hamlet of Dixville Crossing in the heart of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains. For more information on this book, log on to Xlibris.com.
About the Author
The author received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Princeton University. Enigma: A Literary Fable is his first book.
ENIGMA * by Wynant D. Vanderpoel
A LITERARY FABLE
Publication Date: October 29, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 157 pages; 978-1-4500-9151-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 157 pages; 978-1-4500-9152-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-9153-4
Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.
# # #