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El demonio de la depresión

by Andrew Solomon

El mejor libro sobre la depresión, ganador del National Book Award y finalista del Pulitzer. El demonio de la depresión, que aparece ahora en una versión aumentada y revisada, es una obra fundamental que obtuvo el National Book Award y fue finalista del Premio Pulitzer. Solomon explora el fenómeno de la depresión a partir de su propia lucha contra la enfermedad y de entrevistas con otros enfermos, médicos y científicos, responsables políticos, investigadores farmacológicos y filósofos; así revela la sutil complejidad y la intensa agonía que la definen. Este libro asume el reto de explicar la depresión y describe el amplio abanico de medicamentos disponibles, la eficacia de las terapias alternativas, y el impacto que la enfermedad tiene en distintos grupos sociales en todo el mundo y a lo largo de la historia. Solomon demuestra una sinceridad, una inteligencia y una erudición extraordinarias a lo largo de este viaje al más oscuro de los secretos familiares. Su contribución a nuestra comprensión de la enfermedad mental y también de la condición humana es asombrosa. Reseñas: «Un libro escrito con tanta elegancia como rigor, empático e iluminador, erudito y útil. Solomon se disculpa porque ningún libro puede abarcar el alcance del sufrimiento humano. Este se queda muy cerca.»Christine Whitehouse, Time «Una meditación acerca de la capacidad de sufrimiento humana, pero también de resistencia.»New Yorker «Inteligente, empático y repleto de conocimientos sobre el tema, Solomon ha construido una ventana iluminadora y sensata sobre la idea médica y la imagen de la depresión.»Publishers Weekly

Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change

by Andrew Solomon

From the winner of the National Book Award and the National Books Critics' Circle Award--and one of the most original thinkers of our time--a riveting collection of essays about places in dramatic transition.Far and Away collects Andrew Solomon's writings about places undergoing seismic shifts--political, cultural, and spiritual. Chronicling his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures. Ranging across seven continents and twenty-five years, Far and Away takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet Solomon finds a common humanity wherever he travels. Illuminating the development of his own genius, his stories are always intimate and often both funny and deeply moving.

Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change

by Andrew Solomon

From the winner of the National Book Award and the National Books Critics' Circle Award--and one of the most original thinkers of our time--a riveting collection of essays about places in dramatic transition.Far and Away collects Andrew Solomon's writings about places undergoing seismic shifts--political, cultural, and spiritual. Chronicling his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures. Ranging across seven continents and twenty-five years, Far and Away takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet Solomon finds a common humanity wherever he travels. Illuminating the development of his own genius, his stories are always intimate and often both funny and deeply moving.

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon's startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter. All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon narrates a universal struggle toward compassion. Many families grow closer through caring for a challenging child; most discover supportive communities of others similarly affected; some are inspired to become advocates and activists, celebrating the very conditions they once feared. Woven into their courageous and affirming stories is Solomon's journey to accepting his own identity, which culminated in his midlife decision, influenced by this research, to become a parent. Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, Far from the Tree explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance--all rooted in the insight that love can transcend every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human.

Lejos del árbol

by Andrew Solomon

Un clásico contemporáneo sobre las relaciones entre padres e hijos, una lección de vida Lejos del árbol es un libro esencial sobre las relaciones entre padres e hijos y sus diferencias. A lo largo de diez años, Andrew Solomon, ganador del National Book Award por El demonio de la depresión, ha realizado un estudio con más de trescientas familias que han aprendido a convivir con la sordera, el enanismo, el síndrome de Down, el autismo, la esquizofrenia, la discapacidad, los niños prodigio, hijos delincuentes, transexuales o hijos que son fruto de una violación. Solomon sostiene que la normalidad no existe, que todos somos «imperfectos y extraños» y que es la diferencia lo que nos une. Afirma que todos tenemos discapacidades o traumas en mayor o menor grado, y reivindica la discapacidad no como enfermedad susceptible de curarse sino como rasgo de identidad. Su extraordinario trabajo de investigación consigue desarticular este arraigado prejuicio social, un estigma que ha hecho y sigue haciendo mucho daño. Lejos del árbol no es un libro de parenting, no es un libro de psicología ni de crítica social. Es un libro necesario y hermoso que plantea un nuevo horizonte de comprensión hacia nosotros mismos y hacia los demás. Reseñas: «La cima de la no ficción. Una lectura obligatoria para psicólogos, maestros y padres en general. Una llamada a reconsiderar aquello que nos hace diferentes los unos de los otros.» USA Today «Una obra maestra.» The New York Times «Un libro bello y valiente que nos hace más humanos.» People «Uno de los libros más extraordinarios que he leído en los últimos tiempos. Valiente, compasivo y asombrosamente humano. Solomon trata una de las preguntas clásicas: ¿cuánto hay de innato y cuánto de adquirido en cada uno de nosotros? A través de sus historias, contadas con una delicadeza y una lucidez fuera de lo común, aprendemos cuán diferentes somos y cuán dolorosamente parecidos. No podía dejar de leer.» Siddhartha Mukherjee, ganador del Premio Pulitzer por El emperador de todos los males «Que los seres humanos somos fuertes para sobrellevar circunstancias extremas, que tenemos una capacidad notable para adaptarnos y que recurrimos al poder del amor para superar situaciones sobrecogedoras son verdades universales que cobran vida en estas historias recogidas por Solomon.» New York Review of Books «Solomon cruza fronteras nacionales, étnicas y religiosas para hablar a los padres sobre sus hijos y, por el camino, aprende qué es lo que nos hace humanos.» Newsweek «Extraordinario. Un pedazo de inteligencia concentrada.» The Observer «Un libro que todo el mundo debería leer. Quien lo haga se convertirá en un padre -y un ser humano- más imaginativo y comprensivo.» The New York Times Book Review «Una cuidadosa, sutil y sorprendente exploración de las diferencias que le dan forma a la vida familiar.» New Yorker «Un estudio emotivo del amor paternal frente a la adversidad.» Telegraph

The Noonday Demon

by Andrew Solomon

With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness.The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

by Andrew Solomon

With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.<P><P> The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness.<P> The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.<P> Winner of the National Book Award

The Reckoning

by Andrew Solomon

First published in The New Yorker, "Solomon tells the story of Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter. Read it--it's moving, brave and just profoundly human and sad....There aren't any answers. And that's what makes this all so impossible, and Solomon's journalism so essential" (Salon.com). "Both parents loved Adam. Neither parent imagined or wanted their child's horrific end. This is why what Peter Lanza did by sharing his story with Andrew Solomon is so important. Lanza's story fills important gaps in our understanding of how a beloved child became a killer--and reminds us as a society that we have an obligation to help families and children before they find themselves on irreversible paths of violence" (Time).

A Stone Boat

by Andrew Solomon

The debut novel, first published nearly twenty years ago, from the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity--a luminous and moving evocation of the love between a son and his mother.Harry, an internationally celebrated concert pianist, arrives in Paris to confront his glamorous mother about his homosexuality. Instead, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and depression over the prospect of her death, he embarks on a series of intense love affairs--one with a longtime female friend--that force him to question his sexual identity. But as time runs out and tragedy looms closer, it is the relationship between Harry and his mother that emerges in all its stark simplicity and purity. Part eulogy and part confession, A Stone Boat is "a shimmering remembrance of things past and a meditation on love and death...evoking with sensitivity and compassion the severing of a deeply rooted, complex relationship" (The New York Times Book Review).

A Stone Boat: A Novel

by Andrew Solomon

The debut novel, first published nearly twenty years ago, from the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity--a luminous and moving evocation of the love between a son and his mother.A finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction prize, A Stone Boat is an achingly beautiful, deeply perceptive story of family, sexuality, and the startling changes wrought by grief, loss, and self-discovery. Harry, an internationally celebrated young concert pianist, travels to Paris to confront his glamorous and formidable mother about her dismay at his homosexuality. Before he can give voice to his hurt and anger, he discovers that she is terminally ill. In an attempt to escape his feelings of guilt and despair over the prospect of her death, he embarks on several intense affairs--one with a longtime female friend--that force him to question his capacity for love, and finally to rediscover it. Part eulogy, part confession, and part soliloquy on forgiveness, A Stone Boat is a luminous evocation of the destructive and regenerative, all-encompassing love between a son and his mother, by America's foremost chronicler of personal and familial resilience.

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