In Hell and Damnation, bestselling author Marq de Villiers takes readers on a journey into the strange richness of the human imaginings of hell, deep into time and across many faiths, back into early Egypt and the 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh. This urbane, funny, and deeply researched guide ventures well beyond the Nine Circles of Dante’s Hell and the many medieval Christian visions into the hellish descriptions in Islam, Buddhism, Jewish legend, Japanese traditions, and more.
"Delightful. " - Publishers Weekly
"A comprehensive guide to all things Hades. " —Foreword Reviews
"De Villiers. ..is a well-informed and agreeable guide, whose hellish reportage will satisfy even the most curious. ” —Booklist
"A deliciously cynical analysis of the afterlife viewed from a variety of perspectives. " —Michael Coren, The Walrus