The Silence of Animals

On Progress and Other Modern Myths by John Gray

  • Published: Sep 12, 2020

A searching, captivating look at the persistence of myth in our modern world "By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright." In a book by... read more

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Details of The Silence of Animals

Exact title of the book
The Silence of Animals
Book author
John Gray
ISBN
9781429944311
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Jun 04, 2013
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
240
File size (in PDF)
2160 kB

Some brief overview of book

A searching, captivating look at the persistence of myth in our modern world "By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright." In a book by turns chilling and beautiful, John Gray continues the thinking that made his Straw Dogs such a cult classic. Gray draws on an extraordinary array of memoirs, poems, fiction, and philosophy to re-imagine our place in the world. Writers as varied as Ballard, Borges, Conrad, and Freud have been mesmerized by forms of human extremityexperiences that are on the outer edge of the possible or that tip into fantasy and myth.

What happens to us when we starve, when we fight, when we are imprisoned? And how do our imaginations leap into worlds way beyond our real experiences? The Silence of Animals is consistently fascinating, filled with unforgettable images and a delight in the conundrum of human existencean existence that we decorate with countless myths and ideas, where we twist and turn to avoid acknowledging that we too are animals, separated from the others perhaps only by our self-conceit.

In the Babel we have created for ourselves, it is the silence of animals that both reproaches and bewitches us.

About author

Gray is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including The Immortalization Commission, Black Mass, and Straw Dogs. A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, he is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics.

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