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    Description"Departures "is Paul Zweig's celebration of life and love. Zweig thought of himself as a sojourner, a contemporary Wandering Jew, a man with "a loose wire in his genes." He led a number of distinct lives: as a Jewish child in Brooklyn and on a farm in the Catskills; as a literature student at Columbia; as a young exile who spent a decade in Paris transforming himself into a French intellectual, absorbing the language, sex, culture, and leftist politics; and as an American man-of-letters who produced a steady stream of poems, essays, and wide-ranging works of literary scholarship and criticism. In 1978, at the age of forty-three, he abruptly entered a new life--"the life of the dying"--which he inhabited for the next six years. His writing was guided by a steely determination to hold the more pressing and distorting sentiments--self-pity, regret, anger, fear--at bay for the sake of his lucidity, which became his way through the world of cancer. This memoir stands as a testament to the passion and spirit with which Zweig lived and to the dignity that he brought to his final years.


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    Title
    Departures
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Zweig
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 187
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781590512913
    ISBN 10: 159051291X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 811.54
    BIC subject category V2: BGLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    DC22: 811/.54
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A26255000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 33
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC classification: PS3576.W4 Z464 2011
    Publisher
    Other Press (NY)
    Imprint name
    Other Press (NY)
    Publication date
    15 March 2011
    Author Information
    Paul Zweig grew up in Brooklyn, but left New York to explore Paris in the 1950s.  After a decade in France, he returned to America and established himself as a respected poet, critic, and professor. He wrote five books in the last ten years of his life: Departures, Walt Whitman: The Making of a Poet, The Heresy of Self-Love, Three Journeys: An Automythology, and The Adventurer: The Fate of Adventure in the Western World.
    Review quote
    "An elegant and moving memoir." --"USA Today" "At a time when writers often write with calculated eccentricity rather than out of a fateful obsession, and compose memoirs that seem devoid of self-understanding, [Zweig's] raw, original studies of culture and his masterly autobiographies provide a rich diet for famished readers." --Lee Siegel, "New York Times" " " "[Zweig] was never more expressive or appealing than in these final memoirs . . . A moving document of personal integrity." --Joseph Frank " " "The essays are so evocative of their time and place, so perfectly pitched, so persuasive and intense that they form a brilliant kaleidoscopic glimpse of a man in search of himself . . . A remarkable literary legacy." --"Newsday" "There is no better vision of the ecstasy and wonder of our lives. There is no better chronicle of lost youth." --Gerald Stern