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The subject is always the same, the means of representing it always different -- in style, mood, medium, scale. Perusing this powerful volume, the reader is taken on a prolonged meditation, focusing on the universal themes of suffering, sacrifice and redemption, and reflecting on the power of art to transcend its grim subject matter and to create out of it works of compelling beauty.
Sparing in words, stark and simple in presentation, this book is nevertheless eloquent -- a harrowing but ultimately inspiring commentary on divine and human sacrifice, and on the mysterious power of art to express both religious feeling and the extremes of human emotion.