The Savage God

The Savage God : A Study of Suicide

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Using the untimely death of the poet and friend, Sylvia Plath, as a point of departure, Al Alvarez confronts the controversial and often taboo area of human behaviour: suicide. "The Savage God" explores the cultural attitudes, theories, truths and fallacies surrounding suicide and refracts them through the windows of philosophy, art and literature: following the black thread leading from Dante, through Donne, Chatterton and the Romantic Agony, to Dada and Pavese. Entwined within this sensitive study is the author's deeply personal account of his own unsuccessful suicide attempt, and together they form the most fascinating and compelling meditation on the "Savage God" at the heart of human existence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 259g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747559058
  • 9780747559054
  • 171,930

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'To write about suicide... to transform the subject into something beautiful - this is the foreboding task that Alvarez set for himself... he has succeeded' New York Times
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About Al Alvarez

Al Alvarez, poet, critic, novelist, sportsman, poker player, has for seventy years been hard to categorize. Author of over twenty books including POKER and THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN he is one of the great writers of the 20th Century.
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