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Daniel Mendelsohn

Autor(a) de The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

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Daniel Mendelsohn is an award-winning author. He received a B.A. in Classics from the University of Virginia and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 1994, Mendelsohn began a career in journalism. In 2005 Mendelsohn was the recipient of a mostrar mais Guggenheim Fellowship for a translation of Cavafy's "Unfinished" poems, with commentary. His other honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing (2000) and the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism (2002). Mendelsohn's academic speciality is Greek (especially Euripidean) tragedy. In 2015 his title The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million made the New Zealand Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Author Daniel Mendelsohn at the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74352264

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Associated Works

The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) — Commentary, algumas edições4,459 cópias, 76 resenhas
Fire from Heaven (1969) — Introdução, algumas edições2,224 cópias, 29 resenhas
Complete Poems (1961) — Tradutor, algumas edições1,819 cópias, 25 resenhas
Augustus (1972) — Introdução, algumas edições1,625 cópias, 49 resenhas
The Mrs Dalloway Reader (2003) — Contribuinte — 430 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Glory of the Empire (1971) — Introdução, algumas edições197 cópias, 5 resenhas
The Best American Travel Writing 2003 (2003) — Contribuinte — 178 cópias, 1 resenha
Beyond Queer: Challenging Gay Left Orthodoxy (1996) — Contribuinte — 171 cópias
Quick Studies: The Best of Lingua Franca (2002) — Contribuinte — 111 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write about Their Fathers (2002) — Contribuinte — 80 cópias, 1 resenha
A Favourite of the Gods and A Compass Error (2017) — Prefácio — 55 cópias
Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents (2019) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias


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While not all of these essays were of interest, I discover books like this so seldom that I read most of them quite closely. Mendelsohn is a classicist whose PhD is on Greek tragedy. He translates works from Greek. He writes essays and critical reviews of books and films and is editor or chief contributor to a wide range of publications. Look him up.

The essays here range from discussions of tragedy to a mini-bio of an old friend. He writes of learning about how to be gay and his long correspondence with the novelist Mary Renault. One essay is about Game of Thrones.

I liked most of this very much although I know nothing about Cavafy, who is one of Medelsohn's specialities so I skipped ahead. My only complaint about the book is its cover which is a closeup of a marble called "The Ecstasy of St. Teresa". It's beautiful but with the book title directly beneath it, I felt I had to turn the book face down when strangers were around.
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Dokfintong | outras 2 resenhas | Jun 26, 2024 |
This is a wonderful, beautifully written book. Here the Odyssey is not only Homer's epic, which is well explained, but the author's personal odyssey with his father. It is actually the interweaving of three stories (the epic poem, the modern-day father-son, and the seminar that the author gives on the poem that the father attends. It is simply brilliant.
dvoratreis | outras 30 resenhas | May 22, 2024 |
a hard book to read but beautifully done. I like the way he uses the Torah throughout and makes it as much about memory as about truth.
cspiwak | outras 43 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |
Meta-genre. Part history, part personal memoir, part literary criticism. The author is interested in a literary device, the so-called ring construction, which he describes as a digression within a text that might stand alone, and might connect, recursively, to other parts of the text or other texts altogether. He describes his own difficult time writing the history of his family in the Holocaust, followed by his experience reading the Odyssey with his father and their cruise to several Odyssey-sites. He refers back to these experiences recursively as he digresses to tell of Erich Auerbach, a German who fled the Holocaust to Turkey to try to write a comprehensive treatise on Western literature, contrasted with Francois Fenelon, a 17th century cleric who wrote a recursive digression that explained the absence of Odysseus' son in the middle part of the Odyssey. Finally there is a discussion of the recursions and rings in the work of another exile, WG Sebold.
All this material is intertwined in Mendelsohn's life---amusing overlaps and surprising bits of intellectual heritage. More interesting is the contrast between Greek and Hebraic storytelling. The former, in its use of the rings, tells an optimistic tale of connections (rings) that satisfy. The latter may see more intricacies, may include more detail, but may be darker insofar as the mysteries and miseries of lives are not resolvable. For Mendelsohn, I think he has found relief in his classical views, the relief that comes from finding, despite having been immersed in the unthinkable horror of the Holocaust, a sense of coherence.
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brianstagner | outras 2 resenhas | Mar 3, 2024 |



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