Sarah Ruden, author of The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible
Content is delighted to host Sarah Ruden for a reading and book signing on October 3rd at 7 pm. Ms. Ruden is a Quaker poet, a journalist, and a translator of Classical and sacred literature. She has a Harvard PhD and spent nearly ten years in the new South Africa. Her most recent books, published this year by Random House, are The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible and a new translation of Augustine's Confessions. She writes for the online journal Education and Culture, Commonweal, The American Scholar, and other cultural fora. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Tom and is known locally only as half of "the fat couple with the corgi." At Content, she'll read from and discuss The Face of Water, Confessions, her translation of the Oresteia of Aeschylus, and other works.
"If you seriously want to know what the Bible says but don't have the time or the courage to master Biblical Hebrew or Koine Greek, then Sarah Ruden is the best guide you are likely to find: friendly, informal, yet with a scholarly grasp of just how unrealizable perfect translation is."
--J. M. Coetzee, author of The Childhood of Jesus
"Ruden finds hidden meaning in the intricate arrangement of the ancient vocabularies, poetics, and lifestyles, and therein lies the fun. The book is often a master class in translation and Bible studies . . . Entertaining, academic and easygoing."
-- Kirkus Reviews