The Confessions of Augustine: A New Translation
The grant jury: As the young people say: if you only read one scrupulously accurate and passionately literate new translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions, read this one. A poet, historian and political thinker, Ruden can render faith and feeling through language and metaphor. Scholarly rigor is rarely matched to language this delightful. A bad-ass independent scholar, she’s blowing the dust off of a venerable religious text and bringing us Augustine as he was in his own time, and this vigor makes a sixteen hundred-year-old book feel entirely contemporary. As well as translating a work of devotion, she seems to have enacted one.