Pieta

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"George Klein's voice is pensive, poetic, simple in a deep way. It is, ultimately, the warm voice of a man who is forever intrigued by life, who loves to decipher what he sees but who equally loves the undecipherable."
-- Amos Oz
As Albert Camus's famous dictum has it, the only truly important philosophical question is suicide, or whether life is worth living. Now, in Pietà, his latest collection of essays, George Klein -- distinguished biologist, writer, Holocaust survivor, and humanist -- faces this question ...
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"George Klein's voice is pensive, poetic, simple in a deep way. It is, ultimately, the warm voice of a man who is forever intrigued by life, who loves to decipher what he sees but who equally loves the undecipherable."
-- Amos Oz
As Albert Camus's famous dictum has it, the only truly important philosophical question is suicide, or whether life is worth living. Now, in Pietà, his latest collection of essays, George Klein -- distinguished biologist, writer, Holocaust survivor, and humanist -- faces this question head-on, in a series of meditations on subjects ranging from the misuses of science to the vital importance of art, music, and literature to surviving catastrophes like the Holocaust and AIDS. Pietà is a passionate book of scientific and personal ethics, inspired by tragic events that resonate in the consciousness of each of us.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780262111614
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/1992
  • Edition description: 1st MIT Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 Pista 19
3 Attila Jozsef 37
4 Orpheus 99
5 The Ultimate Fear of the Traveler Returning from Hell 125
6 The Fatherless 161
7 Biological Individually 187
8 AIDS 219
9 Pieta 253
Notes 289
Index 295
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