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The Outsider de Colin Wilson
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The Outsider (original: 1956; edição: 1987)

de Colin Wilson (Autor)

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THE OUTSIDER was an instant literary sensation when it was first published in 1956, thrusting its youthful author into the front rank of contemporary writers and thinkers. Wilson rationalized the psychological dislocation so characteristic of Western creative thinking into a coherent theory of alienation, and defined those affected by it as a type: the outsider. Through the works and lives of various artists, including Kafka, Camus, Hemingway, Hesse, Lawrence, Van Gogh, Shaw, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky, Wilson explored the psyche of the outsider, his effect on society and society's on him. Nothing that has happened in the past four decades years has made THE OUTSIDER any less relevant; it remains the seminal work on this most persistent of modern-day preoccupations.… (mais)
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Título:The Outsider
Autores:Colin Wilson (Autor)
Informação:TarcherPerigee (1987), Edition: Reissue, 320 pages
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Not for the general reader. If your spirit suffers from weltschmerz or existential angst, then you may be an Outsider, so add a star or two. The author explores the causes from a viewpoint that may be labelled mystical* existentialism. The book is important from a historical perspective since it was so widely read and translated after publication in 1956. It is slow reading (dense) and seems long on questions and short on answers. But spirit is a difficult topic, and the writer was well-read and perceptive about the subject.

If you are an Outsider, then know that you are not suffering alone. Becoming an Outsider is the first step towards the possible spiritual exploration that is the starting point for some of what is best from the world's great religions and literature.

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  KENNERLYDAN | Jul 11, 2021 |
The outsider is a person who suffers from alienation -- they don't "fit in" and tend to see ordinary life as meaningless. They may become pessimists or nihilists or they may become religious mystics. They may commit crimes or suicide or they may become saints. I found this book fascinating and definitely recommend it. ( )
  MarcHutchison | Jul 11, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
For anyone with an interest in philosophy, art, literature, psychology and religion, "The Outside" was considered at one time to be essential reading. Wilson's main theme is the sort of creative misfit that finds himself at odds with the world (for whatever reason). Each chapter is an analysis of different psychological types (philosophical, artistic, religious, etc.), and involves lots of interesting discussion of such figures as Sartre, Nietzsche, Gurdjieff, Van Gogh, Lawrence of Arabia, Blake, Dostoevsky, and others. But aside from the character portraits, Wilson is perhaps most interested in why Outsiders exist and what this means for society, and the book gradually draws together these various strands into conclusions that are presented in the final chapters.

This said, there are other aspects of the book that some will find annoying. For instance, there is a slight ostentatious erudition to some of Wilson's references, which can at times can give the impression that we are just following Wilson in his own private cultural crossword puzzle. This is underlined by some repetition and over-eager cross-referencing: quotes are repeated, parallels and similarities are repeatedly drawn. However, these are minor quibbles, and the book remains a ground-breaking and fascinating work.

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  Gareth.Southwell | May 23, 2020 |
The definitive study of alienation & creativity
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
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Christmas Day, 1954, was an icy, grey day, and I had spent it in my room in Brockley, south London. - Introduction: The Outsider Twenty Years On
At first sight, the Outsider is a social problem.
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THE OUTSIDER was an instant literary sensation when it was first published in 1956, thrusting its youthful author into the front rank of contemporary writers and thinkers. Wilson rationalized the psychological dislocation so characteristic of Western creative thinking into a coherent theory of alienation, and defined those affected by it as a type: the outsider. Through the works and lives of various artists, including Kafka, Camus, Hemingway, Hesse, Lawrence, Van Gogh, Shaw, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky, Wilson explored the psyche of the outsider, his effect on society and society's on him. Nothing that has happened in the past four decades years has made THE OUTSIDER any less relevant; it remains the seminal work on this most persistent of modern-day preoccupations.

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