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Vita Brevis: A Letter to St Augustine
Ostensibly a translation of a transcript of a letter to St Augustine from the concubine he renounced when he turned to Christianity and chastity, Floria Aemilia, who went mentioned but unnamed in Augustine's Confessions. It's part love story, part philosophical response to the Confessions - the latter inevitably coloured by the former - and a pretty captivating take on how it would feel to be this woman, rejected for God and the supposed salvation of her lover's soul.

'Years have passed and much has changed since we two had our arms around each other. Thus what I write will perhaps be equally a letter to the whole Christian Church, for today you are a man of great influence.'

Other stuff I am reading/have read/want to read is on my goodreads

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In unrelated news, I spent last night reading Star Trek (reboot) RPS. I haven't seen the film. I'm not even sure what Chris Pine looks like when he doesn't look like Kirk. Delicious is a ridiculous, dangerous thing.

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