Esiste davvero un legame tra arte e follia? E dove nasce la vis creativa, misterioso crogiolo in cui fluiscono e si fondano assieme tormento ed estasi, umori tumultuosi ed ebbrezza sfrenata? A tali domande risponde questo libro, affascinante viaggio sul mare inquieto dell'arte e dei suoi rapporti con quella che anticamente veniva definita la «bella follia», ma che oggi ha assunto il volto di una malattia riconoscibile: la sindrome maniaco-depressiva. Sulla base delle più attuali teorie genetiche, delle neuroscienze e della farmacologia, nonché delle vicende famigliari e psichiatriche di numerosi artisti e scrittori (Byron, Melville, William ed Henry James, Schumann, Van Gogh, Hemingway e molti altri), Kay Redfield Jamison individua i presupposti biologici ed ereditari della depressione e spiega come quella particolare intensità che associamo al temperamento artistico sia in effetti soltanto l'aspetto più evidente di una strenua lotta ingaggiata contro la malattia, una lotta febbrile e dalla quale non è facile uscire vincitori.
- ISBN: 8850206496
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 400
probably the most widely read of her books, i was disappointed. the thesis is that what we now call bi-polar I actually contributes to the artistic temperment and allows them to create the work that they did. she looks at the people you would expect: woolf, plath, van gogh, etc. the thing is, i feel Leggi tutto
Being depressed and being an artist, it's quiet a connection; it’s hard. But being depressed and maniac, it powers a lot more a terrible state of being, I mean, for artists. This is an exhaustive look (and study) at those connections. As you read, you will wonder about the side-by-side presence of g Leggi tutto
Focusing on the relationship between artistic creativity and manic-depressive illness, Touched With Fire is rewarding, interesting and full of information. However, this is a book that requires an effort, expects you to be paying attention fully at all times. This is no quick, relaxing beach read. J Leggi tutto
Kay Redfield Jamison is a renowned psychologist, expert on bipolar (she prefers the term: manic depressive) illness, and is also bipolar herself. She covers the relationship between creativity and mood disorders sympathetically and without reductionism. This is non-fiction, so I can describe this wit Leggi tutto
Quick rundown on what I got out of this book...It's a heavy read, so you have to be 100% focused 100% of the time, not something you can lounge around and read lightly - but it is very interesting. Bipolar disorder, along with various other mental illnesses, has long been perceived as an mysterious y Leggi tutto
'The basic argument of this book is not that all writers and artists are depressed, suicidal, or manic. It is, rather, that a greatly disproportionate number of them are; that the manic-depressive and artistic temperaments are, in many ways, overlapping ones; and, that the two temperaments are causa Leggi tutto
A fascinating book exploring the complex history between mental health issues and creativity. It’s startling how many icons of creative working had not only personal mental health issues, but family histories laden with suicides and troubled minds. The statistics for mental health problems in poets Leggi tutto
Interesting insights here. There is a danger, of course, in romanticizing biopolar disorder as some kind of marker of creativity. It's worth pointing out that there are many creative people who don't suffer from the horrors of bipolar disorder, and many people with bipolar who are not creative. That Leggi tutto
I marked this book up and down with a pencil, underlining passage after passage. I read this book trying to understand my depression and while the book is primarily about bipolar, which I don't have, it's full of information that can help someone fighting depression. And if you are trying to figure
This book adds context to Jamison's later and much more personal book, An Unquiet Mind , which she wrote only two years after this one. It also gives me more context for my own life. I am no Byron or Shelley or Van Gogh, but I believe her conclusions about manic-depressive illness and creativity appl Leggi tutto
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