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Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times
Anne C. Heller

Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist-extolled by her peers ... Lire la suite
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Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist-extolled by her peers as a visionary and berated by her critics as a poseur and a fraud. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933 and is now best remembered for the storm of controversy that arose after the publication of her 1963 New Yorker series on the trial of the kidnapped Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Arendt was a woman of many contradictions. She was brilliant, beautiful when young, and irresistible to gifted men, even in her chain-smoking, intellectually provocative middle age. She learned to write in English only at the age of thirty-six, and yet her first book, The Origins of Totalitarianism , single-handedly altered the way generations of Americans and Europeans viewed fascism and genocide. Her most famous-and most divisive-work, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil , created fierce controversy that continues to this day, exacerbated by the posthumous discovery that she had been the lover of the great romantic philosopher and Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger. In this fast-paced, comprehensive biography, Anne C. Heller tracks the source of Arendt's apparent contradictions and her greatest achievements to her sense of being what she called a "conscious pariah"-one of those few people in every time and place who doesn't "lose confidence in ourselves if society does not approve us" and will not "pay any price" to gain the acceptance of others.

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Part of James Atlas's Icons series, a biography of one of the leading intellectuals in postwar America, and the author of the controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem. Hannah Arendt (1906-75) was brilliant, beautiful when young, and irresistible to gifted men even in her chain-smoking, highly productive middle age. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933. She learned to write in English only at the age of thirty-six, and yet her first book, The Origins of Totalitariansim, single-handedly altered the way generations of Americans and Europeans understand the meaning of fascism and the attempted destruction of the Jewish people. She was extolled by her peers as a visionary and criticized, even denounced, as a poseur, especially following the publication of her most famous book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, in which she depicted the Nazi trainmaster Adolf Eichmann not as a monster but as a self-seeking bureaucrat incapable of moral thought. After the revelation in the 1990s that she had been the lover of the great Romantic philosopher and Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger in the 1920s, she and her work have been more fiercely debated than ever before. Margarethe von Trotta's prize-winning 2013 film reimagining Arendt's attendance at the Eichmann trial has added fuel to the fire. Anne Heller tracks the source of Arendt's apparent contradictions and her greatest achievements to her proud if hidden sense, beginning in a tumultuous childhood, of being what in the 1943 essay "We Refugees" she called a "conscious pariah"--one of those few people in every time and place who don't "lose confidence in ourselves if society does not approve us" and will not "pay any price" to win acceptance.



Résumé
For Ayn Rand : "Dramatic and very timely." -- Adam Kirsch, the New York Times Book Review "Ms. Heller has delivered a thoughtful, flesh-and-blood portrait of an extremely complicated and self-contradictory woman, coupling this character study with literary analysis and plumbing the quirkier depths of Rand's prodigious imagination." -- Janet Maslin, the New York Times

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Titre: Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times
Sous-titre: A Life in Dark Times
Auteur: Anne C. Heller
Code EAN: 9780544456198
ISBN: 978-0-544-45619-8
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: New Harvest
Genre: Philosophie et religion
nombre de pages: 144
Poids: 263g
Taille: H217mm x B146mm x T20mm
Année: 2015

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