November Rose: A Speech on Death (Independent Publisher Book Award 2008)

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9780979582912: November Rose: A Speech on Death (Independent Publisher Book Award 2008)

Literary Nonfiction. Philosophy. Winner of the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award. Translated from the German by Michael Eskin. In this penetrating, thought-provoking, and deeply personal philosophical meditation on the death of the beloved other and the turmoil into which it throws those who were close to him, philosopher Kathrin Stengel opens hitherto unseen vistas onto one of the most painful human experiences. The author's ruthless clarity of observation, coupled with razor-sharp philosophical intuition and unflinching honesty of judgment, allows her to pinpoint the personal and social complexities of life after death in a way that cannot but make us doubt some of our common practices in dealing with death and survival. Kathrin Stengel, Ph.D., is a philosopher residing in New York City with her husband and their three sons. Also available from SPD is the German language edition of this text, NOVEMBER-ROSE: EINE REDE UEBER DEN TOD.

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Kathrin Stengel, Ph. D., studied philosophy at the Universities of Leuven (Belgium), Munich, and Konstanz (Germany). She has taught philosophy at Seattle University and published essays on ethics, aesthetics, and epistemology, as well as a comparative study on Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy of language and Maurice Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of perception, entitled Das Subjekt als Grenze (The Subject as Threshold), and November Rose: A Speech on Death. For many years, Kathrin has also taught Vipassana Meditation.

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... exquisite, eloquent, and beautifully thought through. It's philosophy as meditation. --Claudia Weinstein, Senior Editor, 60 Minutes, CBS

I truly cannot adequately express in words what a profoundly moving, engaging, intellectually rich and inspiring experience reading November Rose has been. As a fellow philosopher I am indebted to Kathrin Stengel for broadening my horizons, for illuminating parts of my own experience in this precious world, and for challenging me to rethink certain concepts and to deepen my understanding of them. --Dr. Licia Carlson, Philosopher, Harvard University

November Rose is a beautiful book. I can only agree that having seen death that close (watching, holding and kissing the dead person you love so much) changes you for ever and probably for the best. --Sarah Miller

November-Rose: it is a treatise of such conceptual density that it seems to reveal itself to the reader only gradually and in spurts. I have read it in one sitting, but that was a mistake. Now it is sitting on my desk, on certain days I open it and read a couple of pages – that’s much better. The ideal reading pace for this book would probably be about three sentences per day – only in this manner can this amazing book of consolation (amazing in its philosophical purity) achieve its full impact. What I mean is the subtle sense of vertigo in reading it: the reader is drawn into reflections about the inevitable, as if it had already long happened. And, indeed, it has – and not only for the one whose voice we hear in this book, but for each of us, who listen closely ...”
--DURS GRÜNBEIN, Award-Winning Poet

Kathrin Stengel has landed a coup. She has succeeded in elevating the personal and intimate to the level of the universal – in writing a book that is crystal-clear and understandable, while being emotionally persuasive and inviting its reader fully to open herself to it. Her ruthless analysis and sober assessment of our dealing with survival and death notwithstanding, Kathrin Stengel has also written a story that is simply the story of a great love.
--HEIKE SIMON, Editor-in-Chief, Radio Bavaria, Germany
It is a must read for everyone who has lost a partner. I lost my husband 2 ½ years ago to colon cancer and reading this book has confirmed a lot of my feelings and thoughts. It is very helpful for those who lost a partner and are in a new relationship.
--MARGIT’S REVIEW(Goodreads)

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