Item #13849 A History of the Devil. Gerald Messadie, Marc Romano, Trans.

A History of the Devil

New York: Kodansha International, 1996.

Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". vi, 377pp. Mild rubbing and shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Sunning to spine of jacket. Light rubbing to edges of red paper over boards. Faint toning to top edge of text block. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.


"The biggest ruse of the devil is making us believe that he doesn't exist," claimed Baudelaire. On the contrary, argues bestselling historian and critic Gerald Messadié, the true evil lies in the fact that we believe in him at all.

A History of the Devil is a provocative exploration of the personification of evil through the ages and across cultures. Messadié reveals that the Satan of Judeo-Christian mythology-the antithesis of God and good-was a concept unknown to the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Hindus, and Chinese. In fact,
the devil was probably invented six centuries before the common era by Persian clergy eager to demonize their political adversaries. Ever since, the image of evil has been a useful tool of the powerful, both religious and secular, from the prosecutors of the Spanish Inquisition to the Cold Warriors
of our own time. In seventeen absorbing chapters, Messadié researches the genealogy of the devil in the world's major civilizations, from Asia and Europe to Africa and North America. He examines the devil's role in each culture and the evolution of his various incarnations throughout history.

Abundant in historical references and cultural analyses, A History of the Devil shows that it is precisely the belief in the devil that lies at the root of religious fanaticism around the world today.(Publisher). Very good / Good +. Item #13849
ISBN: 1568360819

Price: $20.00