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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User Review  - Bertrand - Goodreads

Sandwiched between two slices of personal recollection, the book is essentially a history of poetry as existentialism coming to know itself: through the prism of the changing artistic conceptions of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

And I see myself, flat, ridiculous, a cut-paper shadow Between the eye of the sun and the eyes of the tulips, And I have no face, I have wanted to efface myself. The vivid tulips eat my oxygen ... Read full review


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