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Title:
On suicide : a discourse on voluntary death
Author:
Améry, Jean.
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Uniform Title:
Hand an sich legen. English
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxv, 160 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780253335630
Format :
Book

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... a moving, deep series of insights into the suicide's world... " --Kirkus Reviews

Jean Améry (Auschwitz survivor and author of At the Mind's Limits) thought of On Suicide as a continuation of the kind of reflections on mortality he had laid down in On Aging. But here he probes further and more deeply into the meaning of death and into the human capacity for suicide or voluntary death.


Author Notes

Jean Amery (1921-1978) was born in Vienna and in 1938 emigrated to Belgium, where he joined the Resistance Movement. He was caught by the Nazis in 1943, was tortured by the SS, and survived the next two years in the concentration camps. He was author of seven volumes of essays and two novels. He committed suicide in 1978.


Table of Contents

Translator's Prefacep. ix
Translator's Introductionp. xi
Prefacep. xxiii
I. Before the Leapp. 1
II. How Natural Is Death?p. 31
III. To Lay Hands on Oneselfp. 62
IV. Belonging to Oneselfp. 93
V. The Road to the Openp. 123
Notesp. 155