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Minima Moralia : Réflexions sur la vie mutilée (original 1951; edition 2003)

by Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, Eliane Kaufholz (Traduction), Jean-René Ladmiral (Traduction)

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Title:Minima Moralia : Réflexions sur la vie mutilée
Authors:Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno
Other authors:Eliane Kaufholz (Traduction), Jean-René Ladmiral (Traduction)
Info:Payot (2003), Poche, 368 pages
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Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life by Theodor W. Adorno (1951)



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This book read more as a list of densely rendered pessimistic thoughts by a very cynical person than anything else. Clearly, Theodor was not a happy camper living in exile after WWII. ( )
  eenee | Apr 2, 2013 |
A languorous howl of despair and anger - but who would not feel these things in the ashes of Germany 1945?

I was surprised by how fierce Adorno can be - I've heard horror stories of his impenetrable style. Here, I was surprised, both at the crispness of his style, and the depth of his cultural references. If anyone wants to start with him, here's a place to do so. His barbed aphorisms will remain with you, vicious and snarling, a rabid dog tearing into your leg.

This book offers a damning critique of all of society, from fascism to door handles - although, at times it feels like the ramblings of a grumpy old man, who offers not even the hint of a solution, and despairs that all is lost. The theory and practice of despair. Not for everyone. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Adorno somehow convinces me that it's possible-- and worth it-- to go on, in spite of it all. ( )
1 vote KatrinkaV | Apr 25, 2010 |
This book (perhaps along with the essays in Prisms) is Adorno's most accessible work. It is written in the maxim/eprigram style usually associated with Nietzsche (and thus Adorno's academic employers found it unsufficiently scholarly). Adorno's ideas about the intellectual and cultural poverty of contemporary life seem right on target to me. At the end of the book--after page upon page upon page of indictments of the vacuousness of our world today--Adorno concludes by stating that the only possible way of meaningfully existing in this world is to view it from the standpoint of how it would be if it were all redeemed. This unusually optimistic ending is probably more true to the real spirit of Adorno's thought than the bleak, condemnatory ideas (which he certainly expresses at length) stereotypically associated with his philosophy. I initially read the book at a very difficult time in my life and--despite its unflinching look at the horrors and blankness of the world--found it quite comforting.
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For Marcel Proust. – The son of well-to-do parents who, whether out of talent or weakness, chooses a so-called intellectual occupation as an artist or scholar, has special difficulties with those who bear the distasteful title of colleagues.
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