Scorn, by Paul Hoffman, is a witty and acerbic novel that tells the truth, that seeks to animate rather than console.

Spirit of the Times: A book review of Scorn, a novel by Paul Hoffman

The cover (designed by MECOB) to Paul Hoffman’s Scorn is an adaptation of Velázquez’ magnificent portrait of Pope Innocent X. The pope’s gilded throne and the rich fabrics draping his body speak frankly of wealth and ease, while the man himself is unsettlingly shrewd, calculating and worldly, his watchful eyes already hinting at the existential anguish and capacity for horror depicted in Francis Bacon’s wonderful series of studies of a caged and screaming pope.

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