This book explores the relationship between literary fiction and sacred scripture in contemporary works of fiction and thought. It presents positions that vary from a latent engagement with the divine to a very explicit upholding of a sense of dichotomy between literary text and sacred scripture.
Introduction 1. Body, Text, Excess 2. Withdrawn Divine I: The Blank Book in Tahar Ben Jelloun's L'Enfant de sable and Amin Maalouf's Le Périple de Baldassare 3. Withdrawn Divine II: Vanishing Bodies and Empty Space in Georges Perec's La Disparition and Assia Djebar's La Disparition de la langue française 4. Divine Senses of Place: Mecca versus Madina 5. Conclusion