The Savage God: A Study of Suicide

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Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971 - Literatur - Selbstmord Motiv - 249 pages
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Using the untimely death of the poet and friend, Sylvia Plath, as a point of departure, Al Alvarez confronts the controversial and often taboo area of human behaviour: suicide. The Savage God explores the cultural attitudes, theories, truths and fallacies surrounding suicide and refracts them through the windows of philosophy, art and literature: following the black thread leading from Dante, through Donne, Chatterton and the Romantic Agony, to Dada and Pavese. Entwined within this sensitive study is the author's deeply personal account of his own unsuccessful suicide attempt, and together they form the most fascinating and compelling meditation on the Savage God at the heart of human existence.

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Alvarez, is an amazing writer, and this is one of the most insightful and beautiful books on suicide I have ever read. Alvarez may be considered a minor poet, but he is a God among critics, with the heart of a very great poet. Read full review

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excellent historical account. very interesting and informative. Read full review


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