Pictures at an Execution: Inquiry into the Subject of Murder (Paperback)Wendy Lesser (author)
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Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 233 x 153 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition
Unusually compelling reading, for the book suggests that the persistent interest in murder is in fact one of the threads of our common humanity, a prospect we can hardly entertain with complacency. Why murder should draw us is the question Lesser explores through a multiplicity of lenses in a sensitive and intelligent manner, abjuring sensationalism. This is a provocative, well-conceived, and well-written book.--James P. Hammersmith "Southern Humanities Review "
Her style is not dense but enviable, a joy to read, like listening to an old friend.--Douglas Dennis "Angolite "
What's most engaging about "Pictures at an Execution" is the way in which Lesser's intense involvement with her subject is mediated by a cool rationality that militates against sentimentality, cant, and disingenuousness. It's bracing to watch an active moral intelligence at work, ready to question anything, including the writer's own motives...We can read the book with pleasure, interest, and admiration.--Francine Prose "New York Newsday "
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