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Deleuze's last published work exemplifies his longstanding interest in how philosophy relates to literature. For Deleuze, novels and short stories express their authors' diagnosis of life. This Deleuze takes in a quite literal way: he maintains that writers such as Proust are concerned with particular symptoms of mental illness. Besides Proust, Deleuze discusses Samuel Beckett, Alfred Jarry, and Charles Dickens, among others. This valuable study is an ideal introduction to Deleuze's distinctive concerns.?David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., Ohio
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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (November 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816625697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816625697
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By R. Morell on March 15, 2003
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I must confess, I've only read three of the essays so far in this book, but it's the introduction that I'm most grateful for. Daniel W. Smith does a magnificent job of explicating many of the concepts that have perplexed and confounded my poor artistic mind. I feel that Deleuze had a special understanding of literature, and I was interested to see what he has to say about some of the writers I also love (Beckett, Kafka, Melville). But I've mostly had this experience of wishing I could get what it was he was saying. I felt all along like I was just-this-close, until Smith cracked it open for me. Lots of "Aha" experiences. For people with an artistic bent and with an attraction to philosophy, Deleuze is perhaps a kindred spirit whose words and thoughts about literature, painting and music can give hope and faith to whatever projects we work on at the foot of the capitalist mountain. I've also read his book on Kafka, and I selected that one because I want to understand more, and based on a review here on Amazon where someone said "this was the one to start with." I would say, that Kafka is definitely the one to start with, but Smith's intro to this book gives a very helpful overview of what one can expect. So Start with the Intro, go to Kafka, then come back to the essays. My .02.
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The essays were actually easier to read than the Introduction! I'll have to go back through that after I'm done reading the essays. The author of the intro is obviously still very much caught up in "Theory," and he shows it off with some of the most dense prose known to man. Fortunately, Gilles gives us a break, and even though you find yourself sometimes wondering, "what the heck is he talking about?" he still has the humor and common sense I've always liked about his writing. The nice thing here is that you can jump around and read whichever essay you please.
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These are some of the shortest essays that I have read of Deleuze.
but they are so tasty, easier to read and ponder then most, so worth the money and the time
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This book is excellent, and probably the most poignant, direct assessment available. However I suggest you start with What is Philosophy, that he wrote with Felix Guitarri. If you have never read Deleuze, and your interested in anything(you'll know what I mean after you read some), these two books are invaluable. Read them and read them again, as Deleuze said "Once is never." They provide an insight to Art, Science, Religion, and Human interaction that will change the way you view the world.
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