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The Hidden Pleasures of Life: A New Way of Remembering the Past and…

by Theodore Zeldin

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Los viejos ideales parecen en nuestra época más agotados que nunca. Por ello el autor se propone en esta sugerente obra encontrar otros, ocultos, inexpresados u olvidados, a partir de cuestiones de muy diversa índole: ¿qué hacer ante la escasez de almas gemelas? ¿Cómo puede uno librarse de compañeros de trabajo que son un fastidio y de organizaciones que prosperan a base de generar estrés? ¿Cómo podrían hallar formas menos convencionales de expresar su desaliento los despreciados, los rechazados, los traicionados? ¿De qué modo las disputas entre y dentro de países, religiones y temperamentos podrían dar paso a una nueva actitud frente al desacuerdo? ¿Cómo puede el humor erosionar más eficazmente la hipocresía? ¿Cómo puede el anhelo de belleza ayudar a convertir cada vida en una obra de arte? ¿Cómo conseguirvivir en plenitud? Zeldin nos invita a mantener una conversación pausada y fecunda con el contenido de cada capítulo. Porque, como sostiene el propio autor, el hallazgo de vínculos insospechados entre individuos diferentes, entre opiniones aparentemente incompatibles y entre el pasado y el presente constituye uno de los primeros pasos en la senda que conduce a los placeres ocultos.
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The story of a search for a new art of living. How can one escape from work colleagues who are bores and from organisations that thrive on stress? What new priorities can people give to their private lives? When the romantic ideal is disappointing, how else can affections be cultivated? If only a few can become rich, what substitute is there for dropping out? If religions and nations disagree, what other outcomes are possible beyond strife or doubt? Where there is too little freedom, what is the alternative to rebellion? When so much is unpredictable, what can replace ambition?

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The story of a search for a new art of living. How can one escape from work colleagues who are bores and from organisations that thrive on stress? What new priorities can people give to their private lives? When the romantic ideal is disappointing, how else can affections be cultivated? If only a few can become rich, what substitute is there for dropping out? If religions and nations disagree, what other outcomes are possible beyond strife or doubt? Where there is too little freedom, what is the alternative to rebellion? When so much is unpredictable, what can replace ambition? Questions include: What is the great adventure of our time? What is a wasted life? How can people lose their illusions about themselves? What alternatives are there to being a rebel? What can the poor tell the rich? What could the rich tell the poor? How many ways of committing suicide are there? How can an unbeliever understand a believer? How can a religion change? How can prejudices be overcome? How can one think about the future, without trying to predict it or worrying about it? Is ridicule the most effective form of non-violent protest? How does one acquire a sense of humour? What stops people feeling completely at home in their own country? How many nations can one love at the same time? Why do so many people feel unappreciated, unloved and not fully alive? How else might women and men treat one another? What can replace the shortage of soul-mates? Is another kind of sexual revolution achievable? What can artists aim for beyond self-expression? What is more interesting than becoming a leader? What is the point of working so hard? Are there more amusing ways of earning a living? What else can one do in a hotel? What more can the young ask of their elders? Is remaining young at heart enough to avoid becoming old? What is worth knowing? What does it mean to be alive? Where can one find nourishment for the mind?… (more)

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