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Why Angels Fall: a Journey Through Orthodox Europe From Byzantium to Kosovo by  Victoria Clark - 1st.US Ed.. - 2000 - from KALAMOS BOOKS and Biblio.com

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Why Angels Fall: a Journey Through Orthodox Europe From Byzantium to Kosovo

by Clark, Victoria

Condition: Near Fine/Very Good, Slightly Scuffed


New York: St Martins Press, 2000 Victoria Clark travelled across most of Eastern Europe to write Why Angels Fall. Having worked as a journalist in Romania, the former Yugoslavia and Russia for six years, she was fascinated by the Eastern Orthodox churches and keen to unravel their history and beliefs. To do so she journeyed from Mount Athos, to Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Russia, Cyprus and finally Istanbul, interviewing clergy and other believers. We're treated to a series of vivid cameos, a few of whose subjects glow almost visibly with holiness, a few terrify and many show qualities rare and needed in the West. As Clark puts it, after the ancient split between eastern and western Christianity, "each side lost something it could not happily do without . at the risk of over-simplifying for the sake of clarity, western Christendom can be said to have lost its heart, eastern Christendom its mind." Her keenness to explain Orthodoxy to westerners stems from a fear that the continent is in the process of fracturing along a thousand-year-old fault line, between the Catholic and Protestant west and the Orthodox east. The book combines high quality, highly readable travel writing with a powerful mix of politics and religion. Perhaps, most of all, it demonstrates the power of history, and of different peoples' conflicting versions of history.. 1st.US Ed... Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good, Slightly Scuffed.


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