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The Faber Book of Murder Paperback – November, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New edition edition (November 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571174949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571174942
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,954,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sam Vaknin on February 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
There is something blood-curdling in an alphabetic compilation of sanguineous tales of gore. It is all here, in great detail - the sights and smells and sounds of murder most foul. The contrast between this work of love and its contents is bordering on the insane. The horror and revulsion are mixed with irresistible fascination. This tome is addictive - but not for the squeamish. Perhaps both death and life are essentially the same. Perhaps murder is the usurpation of God's power, a rebellion against our own mortality and helplessness. The breadth of this study of human nature is compelling - from medieval ballads to twentieth century lore. Murder seems to have pre-occupied every author, everywhere, in every period. It is a testament to our atavistic nature, so thinly hidden beneath the oft-cracking veneer of civilization. I live in the Balkan, I was born in the Middle East, I have worked in Africa. This book strikes me as an indispensable tourist guide to these places - where pretension has vanished and the human animal has emerged to prey. And to murder. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.
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