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Il dio selvaggio. Il suicidio come arte A. Alvarez

Il dio selvaggio. Il suicidio come arte

A. Alvarez

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This book explores suicide as its never been described before. Its a compassionate insight into the realm of self-destruction from a personal, literary & existential point of view. Alvarez dispels the preconception that suicide is either aMoreThis book explores suicide as its never been described before. Its a compassionate insight into the realm of self-destruction from a personal, literary & existential point of view. Alvarez dispels the preconception that suicide is either a terrifying aberration or something to be ignored altogether. He documents & explores historically changing attitudes toward suicide: from the various primitive societies, the Greek & Roman cultures, to the development of the suicidal martyrdom of the early Christian church, the later concept of suicide as a mortal sin to be savagely punished & the counterrevolutionary attitude of the late 19th century which shifted the responsibility of suicide from the individual to society. He continues with a discussion of the theories which have been developed about suicide. From there, he explores the minds & emotional states of Dante, Cowper, Donne, Chatterton & others, explaining the death trend in their works. He sees revealed in literature the voyage of the suicide in past centuries & today. He returns to a personal view of suicide at the close of the book as he chronicles his attempt on his own life. He brings the reader through a journey where one sees the act of suicide as the end of a long experience, an emptiness so isolated & violent--making life into such a paper-thin reality--that it surrenders.