Schadenfreude: A Handy Guide to the Glee Found in Others' Misery

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Scha•den•freu•de: noun, often capitalized — Schadenfreude — : pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

We’ve all heard the phrase. It was made most famous in the Godfather movies. And some do credit this saying to the Mafia, dating back to the old country of Sicily. Others say it had its origins in Spain. Still others claim it for the Pashtuns, as a precursor to the Afghan way of life. And there are many who say its direct history ...

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Overview

Scha•den•freu•de: noun, often capitalized — Schadenfreude — : pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

We’ve all heard the phrase. It was made most famous in the Godfather movies. And some do credit this saying to the Mafia, dating back to the old country of Sicily. Others say it had its origins in Spain. Still others claim it for the Pashtuns, as a precursor to the Afghan way of life. And there are many who say its direct history stems from Kahless the Unforgettable, banished leader of the Klingons.

Typically, the Germans beat the rest of the world hands down when it comes to conjuring a specific word that sums it up. And that word is Schadenfreude.

Those of us that are human (most of the book-buying public), whether we will admit it or not, have at some point or another gained malicious delight from the misfortune of others. Most often tied to a vaguely biblical outlook, it is a perfect summing up of a perfectly human trait. Nobody wants to admit it, but we all do it . . . and, often times, gleefully.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781626361744
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/6/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,359,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Dorfman has more than thirty years of experience in the bookselling world, including stints at Simon and Schuster, Penguin, and Harry N. Abrams. He is the author of the Snark Handbook series including, The Snark Handbook: Politics and Government Edition, The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring; The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition; The Snark Handbook: Sex Edition, Snark! The Herald Angels Sing, and, the forthcoming Snark Handbook: Clichés Edition.
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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Great book!

    An amusing little tome about all the snarky ways we 'common folk' snicker as the high and mighty fall...would recommend!

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