The Savage God: A Study of Suicide

The Savage God: A Study of Suicide

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by A. Alvarez
     
 
"Suicide, " writes the noted English poet and critic A. Alvarez, "has permeated Western culture like a dye that cannot be washed out." Although the aims of this compelling, compassionate book are broadly cultural and literary, the narrative is rooted in personal experience: it begins with a long memoir of Sylvia Plath, and ends with an account of the author's own

Overview

"Suicide, " writes the noted English poet and critic A. Alvarez, "has permeated Western culture like a dye that cannot be washed out." Although the aims of this compelling, compassionate book are broadly cultural and literary, the narrative is rooted in personal experience: it begins with a long memoir of Sylvia Plath, and ends with an account of the author's own sucide attempt. Within this dramatic framework, Alvarez launched his enquiry into the final taboo of human behavior, a traces changing attitues towards suicide from the perspective of literature. He follows the black thread leading from Dante through Donne and the romantic agony, to the Savage God at the heart of modern literature.

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Village Voice
“The Savage God is the first study to attemp the historical, literary, philosophical dimensions of the mystery of suicide. . . . It is brilliant, touching, and oddly passionate. . . . An ambitious, exhaustive exploration into the nature of the self-destructive element in man.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393306576
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/17/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
877,871
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

A. Alvarez is a highly acclaimed poet, novelist, literary critic, and author. He lives in London.

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Savage God: A Study of Suicide 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
madcow More than 1 year ago
Not an advice book but a compassionate exploration of this tragic path taken but those struggling with depression. There will some who disagree with points but I found it a moving and enlightening read.There's poetry. You'll be challenged to think. Wish it was a nook book