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On Aging
     

On Aging

by Jean Amery, John D Barlow (Translator)
 

"... if Améry’s pessimism disparages life, his humanism reaffirms it. By trying to make sense of our existence, Améry reminds us of why human life is precious." —Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

"The pessimistic tone of this book is provocative and should interest students and faculty involved with issues of aging." —Choice

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"... if Améry’s pessimism disparages life, his humanism reaffirms it. By trying to make sense of our existence, Améry reminds us of why human life is precious." —Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

"The pessimistic tone of this book is provocative and should interest students and faculty involved with issues of aging." —Choice

"The writing challenges and searches, trying to cut beneath conventional language and expectations, seeking to delineate qualities of lived experience in their most essential dimensions." —Contemporary Gerontology

Five profoundly moving and courageously honest essays about the process of aging by the famous Belgian author of At the Mind’s Limits. Each essay covers a set of issues about growing old, from the way aging makes the old progressively see time as the essence of their existence to the argument that everyone compromises with death in old age (the time in life when we feel the death that is in us).

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Vienna-born Amry (1911-1978), who wrote of his Auschwitz experiences in At the Mind's Limits, originally presented these essays on aging and death as radio talks in Brussels, where he relocated after the war. Each piece deals with an aspects of growing old; each is designed to be disturbing; all are heavily embellished with references to German and French literature (Mann, Proust, Sartre et al.). Determinedly unsanguine, Amry holds to the position that aging is an unpleasant destiny about which nothing can be done. Meditative and dourly uncompromising, these essays are intellectual constructs that make heavy demands on the general reader. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253306753
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1994
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

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Meet the Author

JEAN AMERY was born in Vienna in 1911 as Hanns Mayer. As a young man, he studied philosophy and wanted to be a novelist. When the Nazis came to power in Austria in 1938, he fled to Belgium and joined the resistance there. He was caught distributing leaflets, tortured, and sent to Auschwitz. He survived Auschwitz and after the war made his home in Brussels, changing his name to Jean Amery. In 1966, he published Jenseits von Schuld und Suhne (At the Mind’s Limits), a series of essays about his experiences in Auschwitz, which made him famous. JOHN D. BARLOW is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He is a professor of English and German and author German Expressionist Film.

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