Faustian Concepts of Hell

I went to an interesting discussion on April 12 at the Vancouver Public Library. It was an educational and erudite discussion about various “Faustian Concepts of Hell,” tying in with the Vancouver Opera’s now-playing version of Faust.

The three experts, Mark Vessey, Carlo Testa and an art historian whose name escapes me, talked about the various representations of Hell in art, languages and comparative religions — and, of course, in literary interpretations of Faust. But I thought the most apt and modern version of Hell was the one they ironically displayed above the panel:


That’s right: Modern Hell is a PowerPoint presentation.

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