Do you wonder what happens after we die?
Here is the most extensive eyewitness account of the spiritual world ever published:
Heaven and Hell
By Emanuel Swedenborg
Heaven and Hell was originally published in Latin in 1758. I recommend the New Century Edition linked here for the most readable and accurate modern translation. It is also available in a deluxe hardcover edition.
From the back cover:
This fresh, vivid, and highly readable translation of a spiritual classic enhances our understanding of life both here and hereafter.
This new translation of Emanuel Swedenborg’s most popular work paints a detailed picture of life in the spiritual realms. Swedenborg, a Swedish Enlightenment scientist of extraordinary accomplishment, underwent a spiritual crisis that led to an unparalleled series of paranormal experiences. He spent his last twenty-seven years in almost daily experience of heaven and hell, recording his observations and conversations, many of which are reported in Heaven and Hell. This sustained and detailed description of the nonphysical realms has left its impression on the minds of many great thinkers, including Goethe, Blake, Coleridge, Emerson, Borges, and Milosz.
George Dole’s translation removes the barriers to understanding imposed by the ponderous translations of the past. It retains the dignity, variety, clarity, and gender-inclusive language of the original Latin, bringing Swedenborg’s thought to life.
An introduction by the eminent historian of religion Bernhard Lang sets Heaven and Hell in its historic and cultural context, while Swedenborgian scholars Dole, Robert H. Kirven, and Jonathan S. Rose annotate and elucidate the text for our time. In its own right, the copious index, with over two thousand individual entries, is a powerful new tool for understanding the work.
Translated by George F. Dole and published in 2000
by the Swedenborg Foundation, West Chester, Pennsylvania
You can purchase print and Kindle editions direct from the publisher, or download free epub and PDF versions, at this link: