Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila by Julia Kristeva
Born in 1515, Teresa of Avila outwitted the Spanish Inquisition and was a key reformer of the Carmelite Order. Her experience of ecstasy, which she intimately described in her writings, released her from her body and led to a complete realization of her consciousness, a state Kristeva explores in relation to present-day political failures, religious fundamentalism, and cultural malaise.
One of Kristeva's most passionate and transporting works, Teresa, My Love interchanges biography, autobiography, analysis, dramatic dialogue, musical scores, and images of paintings.
The New York Times said: This book is billed as a novel. Sylvia, a restless sleeper, picks up Teresa’s writings by chance and decides to spend her “submarine nights” reading and researching her new love. In the end, Ms. Kristeva’s aim is a simple one: Through reconsidering the life of this saint, she is calling those of us “trapped between secularism and fundamentalism” to reconsider what we think we know about love