Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us

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Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.1 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780525564645

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About the Author

SIMON CRITCHLEY is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His many books include Very Little . . . Almost Nothing, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, and Memory Theater. He is the series moderator of The Stone, a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.

Reviews

"A valuable corrective . . . in [a] brash, freewheeling style. . . . Lively. . . . Critchley's inquiry offers many surprises, but most unexpected is his interest in the Greek sophists." --James Romm, The New York Review of Books

"Frank, personal readings of hallowed plots, including Euripides' Trojan Women and Aeschylus' Oresteia. . . . Pay attention and you can reinvent your life." --The New Yorker

"A striking portrayal of Greek tragedy. . . . A well-pitched and paced primer, which is fun to read" --The Times Literary Supplement (London)

"A thrill . . . riveting. . . . A rather intoxicating dance with words, ideas, texts, the vortex of the life of the mind in the world, and perhaps beyond it. Critchley is an authoritative reader, and, though not a classicist, he proves an erudite, scholarly guide through layers of myth, reason, history and their interpretation, and overall a truly beguiling one . . . Often reminiscent of Arendt, Adorno or even Levinas, verbally affluent, muscular and provocative . . . He is a particularly gifted wordsmith, an astute orator, a shrewd and learned disputant. Those who encounter tragedy for the first time on the pages of his book will not fail to be bewitched." --Bookanista

"Stirring. . . . Refreshing. . . . Irreverent. . . . Critchley writes with laudable directness and erudition" --NPR

"Substantial introductory material on tragedy and ancient philosophy; it is energetic, engaging and thought-provoking without too much abstraction and with just enough detail to add flavor. . . . It has something of the chatty vigor of a successful seminar discussion. . . . Infectiously enthusiastic. . . . Genuinely invigorating." --New Statesman

"Critchley finds a perspective on tragedy open to its revelatory and transformative power. Readers feel that power as they probe the dazzling words and tempestuous emotions in the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and--above all--Euripides. . . . Postmodern philosophy collides with ancient drama, generating the heat of passion, the sparks of illumination." --Booklist [starred]

"[An] intelligent, rigorous book. Dedicated readers will have the sense of being at a thoughtful scholar's side as he works through an intractable intellectual problem." --Publishers Weekly

"An erudite reconsideration of Greek tragedy. . . . For students of Greek drama, a revelatory contemplation of the theater's enduring power. " --Kirkus Reviews

"Combining a thorough knowledge of Attic drama, fluency with the scholarly literature, and an engaging wit, Critchley's treatment is sophisticated yet accessible to thoughtful general readers." --Library Journal

"Engaging and congenial . . . [Tragedy, The Greeks and Us] makes the cogent, compelling argument that we ignore Greek Tragedy at our own peril." --New York Journal of Books