Melancholy

Melancholy Alberto Manguel praises the Hungarian writer L szl F ld nyi as one of the most brilliant essayists of our time F ld nyi s extraordinary Melancholy with its profusion of literary ecclesiastical arti

  • Title: Melancholy
  • Author: László F. Földényi Tim Wilkinson Alberto Manguel
  • ISBN: 9780300167481
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alberto Manguel praises the Hungarian writer L szl F ld nyi as one of the most brilliant essayists of our time F ld nyi s extraordinary Melancholy, with its profusion of literary, ecclesiastical, artistic, and historical insights, gives proof to such praise His book, part history of the term melancholy and part analysis of the melancholic disposition, explores many cAlberto Manguel praises the Hungarian writer L szl F ld nyi as one of the most brilliant essayists of our time F ld nyi s extraordinary Melancholy, with its profusion of literary, ecclesiastical, artistic, and historical insights, gives proof to such praise His book, part history of the term melancholy and part analysis of the melancholic disposition, explores many centuries to explore melancholy s ambiguities Along the way F ld nyi discovers the unrecognized role melancholy may play as a source of energy and creativity in a well examined life F ld nyi begins with a tour of the history of the word melancholy, from ancient Greece to the medieval era, the Renaissance, and modern times He finds the meaning of melancholy has always been ambiguous, even paradoxical In our own times it may be regarded either as a psychic illness or a mood familiar to everyone The author analyzes the complexities of melancholy and concludes that its dual nature reflects the inherent tension of birth and mortality To understand the melancholic disposition is to find entry to some of the deepest questions one s life This distinguished translation brings F ld nyi s work directly to English language readers for the first time.

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    1. I suspect two or three missing stars are a product of my own lack of familiarity with the genre of writing and background on the cited texts. Though it also seems like if I had enough familiarity with the background to understand what Földényi is trying to say, then I wouldn't need him to say it.

    2. Sokat gondolkoztam azon, hogy hányféleképpen tudná ezt a könyvet egy ortodox pszichiáter úgy félremagyarázni, hogy végül mégis az emberi önvádat és ne a világot hozza ki győztesnek a melankólia kontra ember harcából, mert az ilyen szentül felesküdött a melankólikus ember kisemmizésére. A könyv zseniális, itt-ott több is ennél, transzcendens élmény.

    3. A lovely idea, and a beautifully designed book, but it's a bit hard to swallow the idea that Foldenyi is "one of the most brilliant essayists of our time." His thought, here, seems fairly standard (all thinkers are out to oppress everyone, and it's our job to catch them in that oppression (vs: all thinkers are out to think as well as they can, and sometimes they go wrong)); and the prose is well, it reads a bit like a post-structuralist writing to the masses. So perhaps I was just ruined by the [...]

    4. "was thinking this was gunna be more like 'KAANJOOOWWWW' and not just like a to b to c. oh god we're doing the f***ing (book) when's it gunna end"Jeremy[ youtube/watch?v=jC16D ]very well researched, written painfully dense but overall not that interesting but there were occasional insights that were incredible and i shall go through my bookmarks and pick them out

    5. But ask not bodies doomed to dieTo what abode they go;Since Knowledge is but Sorrow's spy;It is not safe to know.William DavenantI was surprised to see so much more Byron than Keats, but perhaps that's a Continental filter. It does make me want to read more Marsilio Ficino.

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