THE PERFUME OF PERFECTION
Novel (Libri), 2013, 216 pages
“… it’s not that you have to think much, it’s that you have to love a lot…”
St. Teresa of Ávila
In his new novel, the renowned novelist and ethologist Vilmos Csányi gives us a loving and playful portrait of the exemplary life of one of the most charismatic personalities of 16th-century Spain. On one hand, he lets Teresa speak her mind freely, a woman who couldn’t let herself express her revolutionary ideas and deepest human doubts in her works because of the religious wars and constant witch hunts of her time. And on the other hand, in the guise of the Book itself that contains Teresa’s confessions, he also comments on the touching and honest monologues of the saint.
It’s the life of a woman who, had she taken seriously the thoughts of Saint Paul on the inferiority of women, never could have taught or given speeches, and neither could have formed her own idea of God in her frail and charming way. The life of a woman who’s work resulted in the revival of the Catholic Church during the times of Counter-Reformation. And who four hundred years later was the first woman to be named Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. A woman, who was a fragile believer, a clairvoyante, a smart politician and an irresistible delight at the same time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vilmos Csányi is a world-renown biologist, biochemist and ethologist and university teacher, member of the Hungarian Academy of Science. His main field of research is human and animal behavior, and the questions of biological and cultural evolution. He is also the author of numerous literary novels. More on the author