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A Field Guide to Melancholy
A Field Guide to Melancholy

A Field Guide to Melancholy


240 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.95 (US $22.95) (CA $30.95)

Publication Date: May 2016

ISBN 9781843446231

Rights: US, CA & MX

Oldcastle Books Ltd (May 2016)
Oldcastle Books

Price: $22.95


From Sartre to emo, a survey of a complex, contradictory condition encompassing literature, art, film, music, and architecture

Melancholy is a critical part of what it is to be human, yet everything from Prozac to self-help psychology books seems intent on removing all signs of sadness from contemporary existence. A Field Guide to Melancholy surveys this ambivalent concept and takes a journey through the articulation of melancholy in a variety of languages, from the Russian toska of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin to kaiho—expressed in the dancing of the Finnish tango. This guide finds melancholy within the work of writers such as W. G. Sebald and Jean-Paul Sartre, the art of photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and multi-media artist Gerhard Richter, the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Patrick Keiller, the music of Erik Satie and Tom Waits, the architecture and landscapes of ruins, and the 21st century's predilection for memorials.

Author Biography

Jacky Bowring is a critic, designer, and writer.