Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning

Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning


By (author) Viktor E. Frankl

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  • Publisher: Rider & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 14mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 7 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846043069
  • ISBN 13: 9781846043062
  • Sales rank: 11,090

Product description

Viktor Frankl is known to millions as the author of "Man's Search for Meaning", his harrowing Holocaust memoir. In this book, he goes more deeply into the ways of thinking that enabled him to survive imprisonment in a concentration camp and to find meaning in life in spite of all the odds. Here, he expands upon his groundbreaking ideas and searches for answers about life, death, faith and suffering. Believing that there is much more to our existence than meets the eye, he says: 'No one will be able to make us believe that man is a sublimated animal once we can show that within him there is a repressed angel.' In "Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning", Frankl explores our sometimes unconscious desire for inspiration or revelation. He explains how we can create meaning for ourselves and, ultimately, he reveals how life has more to offer us than we could ever imagine.

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Author information

Viktor Frankl was born in Vienna in 1905 and was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. His wife, father, mother and brother all died in Nazi concentration camps; only he and his sister survived, but he never lost the qualities of compassion, loyalty, undaunted spirit and thirst for life (earning his pilot's licence aged 67). He died in Vienna in 1997.

Review quote

"Brilliant! In this book, we are privileged to share the richness of Frankl's experience and the depth of his wisdom." -- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. MD "A truly important book" -- Rabbi Harold Kushner " be treasured by psychologists and theologians and by men and women who wrestle with ultimate questions and encounter God as often in the question as in the answer." -- Michael Berenbaum "At the start of the twenty-first century, this book feels especially relevant" -- from the Foreword by Claudia Hammond, award-winning broadcaster, writer and lecturer in psychology

Back cover copy

Viktor Frankl is known to millions of readers around the world as the author of Man’s Search for Meaning, his harrowing Holocaust memoir. In his own words: ‘Readers of my short autobiographical story usually ask for a fuller and more direct explanation...’ and this insightful book is it. In Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning, Frankl explains the thinking that enabled him to survive the concentration camps in spite of tremendous odds. Believing there is more to our existence than meets the eye, he reveals his firm conviction that we are not glorified animals but repressed angels. From the nature of our dreams to the question of God, Frankl considers a range of important subjects. Ultimately, he reveals how to create meaning for ourselves and how life has more to offer us than we could ever imagine.