Sisson, though of course better known for his
I'd suggest this is the first reverse-time novel. I can't think of an earlier example, certainly.
The epigraph is from Augustine's Retractationes: 'pristina stabilitas hactenus accipienda est, quatenus aegritudinem ita nullam corpora illa patientur, sicut nec ista pati possent ante peccatum.' Augie's speculating on what the human body will be like after it has been resurrected by God at the end of time: 'their former integrity will be preserved, to the extent that they will be incapable of suffering distress or decay, just as bodies were before the sin of Adam.' This gives a pointer to the meditatively Christian uses to which Sisson puts his reverse-time conceit. 'Christopher', you see. 'Homm', you see.