- Gebundene Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Viking (30. August 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0670025925
- ISBN-13: 978-0670025923
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,3 x 3,2 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 155.579 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. August 2012
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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story "The first biography of the most influential writer of his generation, David Foster Wallace David Foster Wallace was the leading literary light of his era, a man who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. In this, the first biography of the writer, D. T. Max sets out to chart Wallace's tormented, anguished and often triumphant battle to succeed Full description
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Correspondence with Franzen and DiLillo reveal DFW's insecurity about not measuring up to their genius as social seers for the new era and he constantly feared being left behind. DT Max never comes off as preachy or having insight into the mind of DFW but instead seems humbled by the giant shadow DFW casts and I think that makes for a work to be trusted. The bibliography and footnotes themselves are reminiscent of DFW's own meticulous research.
I love the images of Wallace with his rescued dogs, surrounded by stacks of paper, happiest when in the thick of writing on a difficult subject - "The Mathematics of Infinity" comes to mind. Now there's a subject to fixate on. I am almost afraid to read it, certain that I will become overawed by his ability to move from letters to numbers with ease. I am also happy that his work is actually gaining in popularity and stature as time goes by.
D.T. Max captures the complexity of the man, the attention and kindness he showed to his students, the care he showed to his animals and financial generosity with friends and ex-lovers from the large endowments he received for his work. That these qualities reside alongside sex addiction, financial irresponsibility and professional jealousy makes for a realistic and interesting portrait.
If there is a flaw in the work it is that I wanted to better understand his obsession with suicide at the end of his life. Withdrawal from antidepressants does not quite cover the determination with which he carried out his final mission. Oddly, I feel a weird comfort in knowing that it was not an accident.
This work does what all good biographies should: make me want to read more of his work.
I think one of the things that will stay with me for a while, in addition to several vocabulary lessons(1), is DFW's extensive commitment to his addiction recovery. Like Don Gately, he built walls around some difficult days, just to get to the next. His writings and his personal experiences have done much to help me understand the plight of those who suffer from chronic depression and addiction. I want to thank DT Max for bringing this treasure of man into sharper focus for me.
(1) For example, Nauseous vs. nauseated: According to the Militant Grammarian(2) site [...], 'when one feels like vomiting, one feels NAUSEATED. When something causes nausea, that thing is said to be NAUSEOUS. The American Heritage English Dictionary sez:
nauseous - Causing nausea; sickening
nauseated - To be feeling, or having been caused to feel nausea.
So, next time you are tempted to say "I feel nauseous", understand that you are saying "I feel that I make other people sick", or basically "I feel nauseating".'
(2) Phrogs.net is note actually a Millitant Grammarian site, as far as I can discern, but labeling them as such fits with the whole DFW narrative.