What are we to make of good and evil in the modern world? How can works of the imagination help us? These essays put art to work in the service of political and ethical inquiry. They treat the artist as a crucial moral witness of our troubled times. Like Alex Danchev's widely acclaimed previous collection for EUP, On Art and War and Terror (2009), they take their inspiration from Seamus Heaney's dictum that 'the imaginative transformation of human life is the means by which we can most truly grasp and comprehend it.'