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Author: Sarah Perkins,Anne Born,Jostein Gaarder
ISBN13: 978-0753804612
Title: Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine
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Publisher: Orion Pub Co (July 6, 1998)
Pages: 164

Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine by Sarah Perkins,Anne Born,Jostein Gaarder



Jostein Gaarder (Author), Sarah Perkins (Illustrator), Anne Born (Translator) & 0 more. Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo in 1952. He is the author of many other bestselling, beloved novels and children's books, including The Orange Girl, The Christmas Mystery and The Ringmaster's Daughter.

by Gaarder, Jostein, 1952-; Born, Anne. Publication date 1998. Topics Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo. Publisher London : Phoenix. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on September 14, 2010.

A playful and inventive work from the bestselling author of SOPHIE'S WORLD. A box of Latin manuscripts comes to light in an Argentine flea market. An apocryphal invention by some 17th or 18th century scolar, or a transcript of what it appears to be - a hitherto unheard of letter to St Augustine to a woman he renounced for chastity? VITA BREVIS is both an entrancing human document and a fascinating insight into the life and philosophy of S. ugustine

Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories, and children's books. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. He often uses meta-fiction in his works, writing stories within stories. Gaarder was born into a pedagogical family. His best known work is the novel Sophie's World, subtitled "A Novel about the History of Philosophy. Jostein Gaarder, Sarah Jane Hails (Translator). Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine by. Jostein Gaarder, Anne Born (Translator).

An old Latin manuscript comes to light in an Argentine flea market, appearing to be a letter to St. Augustine from Floria Aemilia, the woman he renounced in favour of chastity.

Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine (Latin: Brief Life; also published in English as That Same Flower) is a novel written by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder and originally published in 1996. Gaarder presents the text as written by Saint Augustine´s lover (who is mentioned, but not named, in his Confessions).

Vita Brevis (Brief Life) (also appeared in English as That Same Flower) (1996) ISBN 0-7538-0461-1. com/Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine. walking the cobblestone like a poet or a spy On the streets of St. Augustine California shimmers and I'll chase you someday To the Fountain of Youth by the edge of the bay But for now I just want to carry you away To the streets of St. Augustine Well they burned down the town in the name of a king Divided

Jostein Gaarder offers us this Vita Brevis in a cheerful, take-it-or- leave-it spirit. He purports to have found a bundle of papers in a secondhand bookshop in Buenos Aires and to have recognised them as the possible transcript of a letter to St Augustine from his discarded mistress, here called Floria Aemilia. He claims that he took the documents to the Vatican, who later denied all knowledge of them.

Jostein Gaarder Biography - Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian author of several novels, short stories and children’s books. Also an intellectual, Gaarder is best known for writing books. Born in Oslo on August 8, 1952, Jostein Gaarder came from an educational family, effects of which caused Gaarder to develop a deep rooted interest in reading, writing and teaching. His father was a headmaster while his mother was a teacher in addition to being a children’s books author. 1996), Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine (1998), Maya (1999), Sirkusdirektørens datter (The Ringmaster’s Daughter, 2001), Appelsinpiken (The Orange Girl, 2004), Sjakk Matt (Checkmate, 2006), De gule dvergene (The Yellow Dwarves, 2006) and Slottet i Pyreneene (The Castle in the Pyrenees, 2008). After the success of Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder devoted himself to writing, becoming a full-time writer.

Life is short - Vita Brevis ( original title Vita Brevis ) is a novel by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder bestseller. In the book, created in 1996, is about an old Latin letter written by the first-person narrator has discovered in a used book store in Buenos Aires. Signed the letter of a certain Floria, and he is directed to her former lover, the church teachers and philosophers Augustine. Floria accuses Augustine and questioned his religious beliefs, due to which he had left her and taken her to their son. It thus represents both a misogynist church ethics and morality in question. Whether the letter is genuine, a copy of which dated the narrator on the end of the 16th century and could be based on templates from the 4th century, in his opinion, will remain open in the text. Gaarder plays with his education assiduous readers, when he cites repeatedly in remarks Latin formulations of the alleged original.

'Years have passed and much has changed since we two had our arms around each other. Thus what I write will perhaps be equally a letter to the whole Christian church, for today you are a man of great influence.'

In a second-hand bookshop in Buenos Aires, Jostein Gaarder makes an exciting find: a transcript of a letter to St Augustine, author of the famous Confessions, from Floria Aemilia, the woman he renounced for chastity.

Vita Brevis is both a classic love story, beautifully told, and a fascinating insight into St Augustine's life and that of his discarded concubine. It is up to the reader to determine its authenticity...

Reviews: 5
Levaq
If I could give a book 4,5 stars, then I would. It is almost excellent.

The book is written from a perspective of Floria Aemelia, a longtime concubine of Saint Augustine. It is a very sharp and poignant critique of hypocrisy of augustinian philosophy and christian thought as it developed throughout the years.

Some of quotes that I wrote down:
"Isn't it precisely an intensified form of infidelity to desert one's beloved for the sake of saving one's own soul? Wouldn't it be easier for a woman to bear of the man left her because he wanted to marry - or because he preferred another woman, for that matter?"

"You constantly write like this about 'sensual lust' and 'sinful desires' throughout all your books. Has it occurred to you that it might be you who look on God's gifts with scorn?"

"Life is so short we do not have time to pronounce any damning judgement on love. We must first live, Aurel, then we can philosophise."

"Life is so short, Aurel. We are free to hope for a life after this one. But we are not free to treat each other and ourselves badly, almost like an instrument with which to attain an existence we know nothing about."

"I believe it is not necessarily a greater sin to engage in physical love with the woman in one's life than it is to seperate that same woman from her only son."
Kuve
This compilations of love letters is stunning.
A perfect read for those who have deeply loved and not loved back
Oveley
While the concept for this book is quite interesting, it could not have been much of a challenge for Gaarder to write it. It seems all he did was have a copy of Augustine's "Confessions" at his side and then rebutted Augustine's assertions using the voice of the would-be mistress. The book does not really develop the woman's character much beyond a kind of coy prodding and complaining, when it could have been more of a fictional expose of someone who may well be one of the greatest frauds in history.
Togor
First of all, as another user has said, this book was written by Gaarder, not by Floria. At the beginning, Gaarder says that he found an old document from the XVI century in a bookstore in Argentina. He bought the document because he thought it was a letter written by Floria, a woman who was St. Augustine's lover when they were both young. Just ignore what Gaarder says about how he found the document, because that's something he made up from his mind.

Now onto the book. Gaarder uses Floria to refute a lot of Augustine's ideas about virtue, sins, chastity, celibate and the relationship between God and men. Gaarder's philosophy is the opposite of Augustine's: Whenever Augustine says to ignore the beauty of the world because it may lead you to sin, Gaarder will tell you to enjoy it because it's God's creation.

The purpose of Gaarder is to show us the true nature of Augustine's ideas, more close to those of the asceticism than to Christianity (he is even ashamed for enjoying food, for Christ sake!). To deny the human nature is to deny the works of God, it was never His purpose to build a beautiful world just to demand us to ignore it.

You may be in disagreement with Gaarder's ideas, but at the end this is a great book and the best of it is that you will be anxious to know more about St. Augustine's life and works. I recommend you to look forward for The Confessions of St. Augustine, so you can have the whole picture and learn about a man that shaped modern morality like few people have been able to do. You won't regret it.
Washington
This was educational, in the sense that I learned more about Floria and St. Augustine, but I do believe the discovery of her letters and most of this story probably verged on fiction (or "creative non-fiction"). Nevertheless. it was sad and moving.