The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths

A looking, alluring examine the endurance of fable in our smooth world

"By nature risky and discordant, the human animal appears to be like to silence for reduction from being itself whereas different creatures take pleasure in silence as their birthright."

In a publication via turns chilling and gorgeous, John grey maintains the considering that made his Straw Dogs any such cult vintage.
Gray attracts on a rare array of memoirs, poems, fiction, and philosophy to re-imagine our position on the earth. Writers as assorted as Ballard, Borges, Conrad, and Freud were mesmerized by means of varieties of human extremity―experiences which are at the periphery of the potential or that tip into fable and fantasy. What occurs to us once we starve, once we struggle, once we are imprisoned? and the way do our imaginations jump into worlds method past our actual experiences?
The Silence of Animals is constantly attention-grabbing, full of unforgettable photographs and a get pleasure from the conundrum of human existence―an life that we beautify with numerous myths and concepts, the place we twist and switch to prevent acknowledging that we too are animals, separated from the others probably simply by means of our self-conceit. within the Babel we've got created for ourselves, it's the silence of animals that either reproaches and bewitches us.

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