By S.A. Alenthony
Dante Alighieri's incredible Inferno has governed for hundreds of years as literature's such a lot resourceful depiction of the fates of the damned. As a masterwork of allegorical fable, it stands unequaled. As a survey of the real reasons of human distress, it fails completely, outfitted because it used to be upon a medieval spiritual worldview divorced from truth. S.A. Alenthony's The Infernova is the recent ebook that rectifies this mistake via turning the vintage imaginative and prescient of the Christian hell upside-down. Retelling the poem from an atheist's standpoint, the tale parallels Dante's descent via 9 notorious circles the place more and more pernicious sinners undergo their symbolic punishments. the higher circles condo the minor offenders: those that lacked readability or promoted incorrect arguments. the center degrees incarcerate those that preyed upon-and profited from-irrationality: paranormalists, conspiracy theorists, astrologers, and their ilk. decrease and but darker nation-states are reserved for religion's criminals, equivalent to televangelist-frauds, pedophile-priests, and terrorists, whereas on the pit's nadir live the legions of the world's prophets and a digital menagerie of the numerous gods born in their imaginations. Dante was once famously observed on his trip by way of his respected hero, the Roman poet Virgil. within the Infernova, it's the satirical and irreligious gadfly Mark Twain who takes the position of advisor and spouse. As their odyssey keeps, the risks of irrational and mystical considering develop extra transparent, and their dialogues and encounters with hell's citizens offer a distinct tableau on which to set out the arguments opposed to supernaturalism. Mythological traditions have lengthy used narratives and parables as cars to get their messages throughout. whereas secular writers have produced a gradual move of caliber non-fiction lately, works of fiction and poetry are extra infrequent. The Infernova addresses the paucity of atheist inventive writing, and should be of curiosity to all demeanour of freethinkers, humanists, and skeptical folks searching for a distinct form of deconstruction of the world's superstitions.
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