Savage God: A Study of Suicide

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"To write a beautiful book about suicide . . . to transform the subject into something beautiful—this is the forbidding task that A. Alvarez set for himself. . . . He has succeeded."—New York Times
"Suicide," writes the notes 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 work are broadly cultural and literary, the narrative is rooted in personal experience: it begins with a long memoir of Sylvia Plath, ...

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Overview

"To write a beautiful book about suicide . . . to transform the subject into something beautiful—this is the forbidding task that A. Alvarez set for himself. . . . He has succeeded."—New York Times
"Suicide," writes the notes 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 work 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 suicide attempt. Within this dramatic framework, Alvarez launches his enquiry into the final taboo of human behavior, and traces changing attitudes 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.

The aims of this fascinating, compassionate book are broadly cultural and literary, though the narrative is rooted in personal experience. "To write a book about suicide . . . to transform the subject into something beautiful--this is the forbidding task that Alvarez set for himself. . . . He has succeeded."-- The New York Times.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393306576
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 971,930
  • 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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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    I highly recommend this book.

    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

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