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Kniha: The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End - Katie Roiphe

The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
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Kniha: The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
Autor: Katie Roiphe

From one of our most perceptive and provocative voices comes a deeply researched account of the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak and James Salter - ... (celý popis)
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Specifikace
Médium / forma: Tištěná kniha
Rok vydání: 2016
Počet stran: 306
Rozměr: 22 cm
Úprava: ilustrace
Vydání: First published in Great Britain
Jazyk: anglicky
Vazba: měkká
EAN: 9780349008516
Popis / resumé

Práce nás seznamuje s posledními dny života šesti velkých spisovatelů, básníků a myslitelů (Susan Sontag, Maurice Sendak, Dylan Thomas, John Updike, James Salter a Sigmund Freud).

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From one of our most perceptive and provocative voices comes a deeply researched account of the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, Maurice Sendak and James Salter - an arresting and wholly original meditation on mortality. In The Violet Hour, Katie Roiphe takes an unexpected and liberating approach to the most unavoidable of subjects. She investigates the last days of six great thinkers, writers and artists as they come to terms with the reality of approaching death. Roiphe draws on her own extraordinary research and access to the family, friends and caretakers of her subjects. Here is Susan Sontag, the consummate public intellectual, who finds her commitment to rational thinking tested during her third bout with cancer. Roiphe takes us to the hospital room where, after receiving the worst possible diagnosis, seventy-six-year-old John Updike begins writing a poem. She vividly re-creates the fortnight of almost suicidal excess that culminated in Dylan Thomas's fatal collapse on the floor of a Greenwich Village tavern. She gives us a bracing portrait of Sigmund Freud fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna only to continue in his London exile the compulsive cigar smoking that he knows will hasten his decline. She shows us how Maurice Sendak's beloved books for children are infused with his lifelong obsession with death, if you know where to look. And from James Salter she learns that 'we make our own comfort.' The Violet Hour is a book filled with intimate and surprising revelations. In the final acts of each of these creative geniuses are examples of courage, passion, self-delusion, pointless suffering and superb devotion. There are also moments of sublime insight and understanding where the mind creates its own comfort. As the author writes, 'If it's nearly impossible to capture the approach of death in words, who would have the most hope of doing it?' By bringing these great writers' final days to urgent, unsentimental life, Katie Roiphe helps us to look boldly in the face of death and be less afraid. (great writers at the end)

Předmětná hesla
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939
Sendak, Maurice, 1928-2012
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953
Updike, John, 1932-2009
Salter, James
Sontagová, Susan, 1933-2004
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