Melancholy - The Margellos World Republic of Letters (Hardback)
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Melancholy - The Margellos World Republic of Letters (Hardback)

(author), (translator), (foreword)
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Hardback 360 Pages / Published: 03/06/2016
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A leading European intellectual reflects on the changing concept of melancholy throughout history

Alberto Manguel praises the Hungarian writer Laszlo Foeldenyi as "one of the most brilliant essayists of our time." Foeldenyi'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 Foeldenyi discovers the unrecognized role melancholy may play as a source of energy and creativity in a well-examined life.

Foeldenyi 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 Foeldenyi's work directly to English-language readers for the first time.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300167481
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Foeldenyi is a formidable, if at times oracular, writer, who is at home in paradox . . . His book is a wide-ranging history of the Western discourse on melancholy."-Christine Smallwood, Harper's -- Christine Smallwood * Harper's *
"A rather fine book closely argued... and full of thoughtful insights and aphorisms. Occasionally, especially in its excellent final chapter about melancholy in our times, it attains brilliance. Most of its pages abound in curious learning and thought-provoking interpretation."-Kevin Jackson, Literary Review -- Literary Review * Literary Review *

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