The Black Flame of Paradise is the first novel by American artist Zachary Cahill. The book is a proposition for a new model of religious life grounded in the artistic and personal relations to the divine.
“The Black Flame of Paradise is a non-religious experience of religion… its fire is dazzling. Beyond all redemption and all actual and authentic memories, there is room for generosity, hope, and beauty.”
—from the preface by Catherine Malabou
“Over the past decade Zachary Cahill has explored nation building and religion through USA. The Black Flame of Paradise brings this project to the dimension of writing with a poignant and timely debut novel. At once critical and exuberant, Cahill deftly weaves together personal narrative, and social commentary into relevant and illuminating images and structures.”
Zachary Cahill is an interdisciplinary artist and lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.