The decline of formal religious systems has left a moral and emotional emptiness in Western culture. George Steiner, internationally renowned thinker and scholar, pursues this and examines the alternative "mythologies" of Marxism, Freudian psychology, Levi-Straussian anthropology, and fads of irrationality.

Nostalgia for the Absolute 1997, House of Anansi Press

ISBN-13: 9780887845949

2nd edition

Trade paperback

Nostalgia for the Absolute 1983, CBC Enterprises

ISBN-13: 9780887940767