C. S. Lewis - Pisma Starijeg Djavla Mladjem: A Satirical Masterpiece of Christian Literature
C. S. Lewis is one of the most famous and influential writers of the 20th century, known for his fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, his apologetic works such as Mere Christianity and The Problem of Pain, and his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings. But among his many literary achievements, one stands out as a unique and brilliant satire of human nature and spiritual warfare: Pisma Starijeg Djavla Mladjem (The Screwtape Letters).
Pisma Starijeg Djavla Mladjem is a collection of letters written by a senior demon named Screwtape to his young nephew Wormwood, who is assigned to tempt and corrupt a human soul referred to as \"the patient\". In these letters, Screwtape reveals the \"devilish secrets\" of success in seducing humans away from God and into sin, error, and misery. He also warns Wormwood of the dangers posed by the \"Enemy\" (God) and His agents (the angels), who are constantly trying to save the patient from hell.
Through this witty, ironic, and insightful dialogue, C. S. Lewis exposes many truths about man, God, and demons. He shows how subtle and cunning the devil's tactics are, how easily we fall prey to his lies and temptations, and how we can resist him by grace, faith, and love. He also explores various aspects of human psychology, morality, culture, and society, such as pride, vanity, pleasure, distraction, politics, war, love, marriage, prayer, and suffering.
Pisma Starijeg Djavla Mladjem was first published in 1942 as a series of weekly installments in a British newspaper called The Guardian. It was dedicated to J. R. R. Tolkien, who was Lewis's close friend and fellow member of a literary group called The Inklings. The book became an instant bestseller and has since been translated into many languages and adapted into various media forms, such as radio dramas, stage plays, films, and audiobooks.
This edition by Verbum is the first complete edition in Croatian language of a work that has become an essential part of classic literature of religious content[^1^]. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith, sharpen their spiritual discernment, and enjoy a good laugh at the same time.
One of the most striking features of Pisma Starijeg Djavla Mladjem is the way it reverses the perspective of the reader. Instead of seeing things from God's point of view, as we usually do in Christian literature, we see them from the devil's point of view. This creates a powerful contrast and irony, as we realize how different and opposite the values, goals, and methods of the two sides are. It also challenges us to examine our own lives and choices, and to see how often we are influenced by the devil's lies and temptations.
Another remarkable aspect of Pisma Starijeg Djavla Mladjem is the way it combines humor and seriousness. Lewis uses satire and parody to mock the devil's pride, folly, and malice, and to expose the absurdity and futility of his schemes. He also uses humor to lighten the mood and to make the reader more receptive to the serious message behind the jokes. At the same time, Lewis does not shy away from addressing some of the most difficult and painful issues that humans face, such as doubt, fear, suffering, death, and hell. He shows how the devil exploits these situations to deceive and destroy us, and how God uses them to purify and save us.
Pisma Starijeg Djavla Mladjem is not only a masterpiece of Christian literature, but also a timeless and universal work of art. It speaks to people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, as it deals with the fundamental questions and problems of human existence. It has influenced many other writers and thinkers, such as John Cleese, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and Alister McGrath. It has also inspired many people to convert or return to Christianity, or to deepen their faith and devotion.
If you are looking for a book that will challenge your mind, touch your heart, and tickle your funny bone, look no further than Pisma Starijeg Djavla Mladjem by C. S. Lewis. You will not regret it. 0efd9a6b88