Killing the Black Dog: A Memoir of Depression

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In 1988, shortly after moving from Sydney back to his birthplace in the rural New South Wales hamlet of Bunyah, Les Murray was struck with depression. In the months that followed, the "Black Dog" (as he calls it) ruled his life. He raged at his wife and children. He ducked a parking ticket on grounds of insanity, and begged a police officer to shoot him rather than arrest him. For days on end he lay in despair, a state in which, as he puts it precisely, "you feel beneath help."

Killing the Black Dog is Murray's recollection of those awful days: brief, pointed, wise, and full of beauty in the way of his poetry. The prose text―delicately balanced between personal and informative―gives a glimpse of the imprint that depression can leave on a life. The accompanying poems show their roots in his crisis―a crisis from which, he reports toward the close of this poignant book, he has fully recovered. "My thinking is no longer jammed and sooty with resentment," he recalls. "I no longer wear only stretch-knit clothes and drawstring pants. I no longer come down with bouts of weeping or reasonless exhaustion. And I no longer seek rejection in a belief that only bitterly conceded praise is reliable."

Killing the Black Dog is a crucial chapter in the life of an outstanding poet.

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About the Author:

Les Murray is the author of twelve books of poetry. His collection Subhuman Redneck Poems received the T. S. Eliot Prize, and in 1998 he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, presented by Queen Elizabeth II. He lives in New South Wales, Australia.

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“. . . equipped with a fierce moral vision and a sensuous musicality . . . [Murray] writes subtly about post-colonialism, urban sprawl and poverty and, in his most intimate poems, reminds us of the power of literature to transubstantiate grievance into insight. (His admirers have argued he ought to be considered for a Nobel.) But he is equally capable of writing emotionally simplistic and strangely soured poems in which the enraged adolescent emerges all but unmediated. This mercurial doubleness can make his work hard to categorize or describe: this is a mind at once revolutionary and reactionary. Or maybe just a poet who's willing to show more id than most.” ―Meghan O'Rourke, The New York Times Book Review

“Mr. Murray's verse wears, from the waist up, a cosmopolitan, Philip Larkin-like wit. From the waist down, it dresses in worn dungarees and mud-caked boots. There's a sense of rural astringency . . . Mr. Murray employs both rhyme and meter, but variably--he's like a man walking a large, randy, omnivorous dog on a retractable leash. He can cinch his words tightly in an instant; he owns one of poetry's most sensitive verbal choke collars . . . ” ―Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“In the ever-diminishing world of contemporary poetry, Les Murray is one of the few undeniable titans.” ―Emily Colette Wilkinson, The Washington Times

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Descripción Farrar, Strauss Giroux-3pl, United States, 2013. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.In 1988, shortly after moving from Sydney back to his birthplace in the rural New South Wales hamlet of Bunyah, Les Murray was struck with depression. In the months that followed, the Black Dog (as he calls it) ruled his life. He raged at his wife and children. He ducked a parking ticket on grounds of insanity, and begged a police officer to shoot him rather than arrest him. For days on end he lay in despair, a state in which, as he puts it precisely, you feel beneath help. Killing the Black Dog is Murray s recollection of those awful days: brief, pointed, wise, and full of beauty in the way of his poetry. The prose text--delicately balanced between personal and informative--gives a glimpse of the imprint that depression can leave on a life. The accompanying poems show their roots in his crisis--a crisis from which, he reports toward the close of this poignant book, he has fully recovered. My thinking is no longer jammed and sooty with resentment, he recalls. I no longer wear only stretch-knit clothes and drawstring pants. I no longer come down with bouts of weeping or reasonless exhaustion. And I no longer seek rejection in a belief that only bitterly conceded praise is reliable. Killing the Black Dog is a crucial chapter in the life of an outstanding poet. Nº de ref. de la librería APC9780374181062

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Descripción Farrar, Strauss Giroux-3pl, United States, 2013. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. In 1988, shortly after moving from Sydney back to his birthplace in the rural New South Wales hamlet of Bunyah, Les Murray was struck with depression. In the months that followed, the Black Dog (as he calls it) ruled his life. He raged at his wife and children. He ducked a parking ticket on grounds of insanity, and begged a police officer to shoot him rather than arrest him. For days on end he lay in despair, a state in which, as he puts it precisely, you feel beneath help. Killing the Black Dog is Murray s recollection of those awful days: brief, pointed, wise, and full of beauty in the way of his poetry. The prose text--delicately balanced between personal and informative--gives a glimpse of the imprint that depression can leave on a life. The accompanying poems show their roots in his crisis--a crisis from which, he reports toward the close of this poignant book, he has fully recovered. My thinking is no longer jammed and sooty with resentment, he recalls. I no longer wear only stretch-knit clothes and drawstring pants. I no longer come down with bouts of weeping or reasonless exhaustion. And I no longer seek rejection in a belief that only bitterly conceded praise is reliable. Killing the Black Dog is a crucial chapter in the life of an outstanding poet. Nº de ref. de la librería APC9780374181062

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Descripción Estado de conservación: New. Publisher/Verlag: Macmillan US | A Memoir of Depression | The author describes the dark months he struggled with depression, shares poems inspired by the time, and recounts how his condition affected his judgment and relationships. | Der Schwarze Hund ist ein mutiger und schonungsloser Essay über Les Murrays Kampf gegen die Depression, mit Gedichten, die der Autor aus dieser Krise heraus schrieb und seinem Essay beigegeben hat, um das Zusammenspiel von Reflexion und schöpferischem Ausdruck zu erhellen. Seit seiner Veröffentlichung im Jahre 1997 wurde das Buch um ein Nachwort und mehrere Gedichte erweitert. Auch für die deutsche Ausgabe hat Les Murray die Auswahl leicht verändert. Der Autor beschreibt, wie seine Familiengeschichte, seine Erfahrungen mit Mobbing und sein Asperger-Syndrom in einem Zusammenbruch mündeten, und wie er die Kraft fand, aus diesem inneren Dunkel heraus Gedichte zu schreiben und zugleich mit Medikamenten und Gedanken gegen es anzukämpfen. Mit der Zeit überfiel der Schwarze Hund ihn immer seltener und weniger heftig. Kein Buch des Australiers hat mehr Leser gefunden, vielleicht, weil selten ein Mensch offener zeigte, wie zerstörerisch dieses Leiden sein kann und welche Wege aus ihm herausführen. | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 126 gr | 86 pp. Nº de ref. de la librería K9780374181062

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