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De Profundis

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  6,654 Ratings  ·  498 Reviews
Written from Wilde's prison cell at Reading Gaol to his friend and lover Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis explodes the conventions of the traditional love letter and offers a scathing indictment of Douglas's behavior, a mournful elegy for Wilde's own lost greatness, and an impassioned plea for reconciliation. At once a bracingly honest account of ruinous attachment and a ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 12th 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1905)
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Trevor
Jan 05, 2010 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
It is funny how sometimes books come at you (and when I say you, I mean me), sometimes almost in clusters. It is almost like there really is a God and He has infinite knowledge of the universe and knows just what it is that you need to be thinking about right about now, except He is curiously shy and so He doesn’t like to come right out with it and tell you directly what’s on His mind. So, instead, He leaves books lying around in places where you are fairly likely to trip over them and then pick ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
I am giving this a lower rating than it technically deserves, due to some of my personal beliefs that are important enough to me that I am unwilling to ignore them in a review where they are so entirely relevant to the book at hand. As a piece of writing, it is several synonyms for luscious and tragically chest-stabby. However, underneath the primary and quite applicable to post-3-decades-on-Earth-me themes of looking back on many a wasted year and regretting a lot of the selfish and short-sight ...more
Matilda
Oct 13, 2015 Matilda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ένα σπαρακτικό βιβλίο από έναν πολύ αγαπημένο συγγραφέα. Ο Wilde εδώ ξεγυμνώνει την ψυχή του και μας δείχνει πέρα του πόσο ταλαντούχος συγγραφέας είναι, το πόσο ευαίσθητος και πολύπλευρος άνθρωπος είναι. Ακόμα και αν δε συμφωνεί κάποιος με τις απόψεις του ή τον τρόπο ζωής του, δεν μπορεί παρά να αφεθεί στο μαγικό γράψιμό του και στον δαιδαλώδη κόσμο του, όχι μόνο σε αυτό το βιβλίο του αλλά σε όλα ανεξαιρέτως τα έργα του. Απλά απολαυστικός!
Vivian
Jan 17, 2017 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory, 2017-odyssey
When faced with the abyss before you, is there only emptiness or is there a new beginning?

This is an intensely personal examination of Wilde's journey during incarceration. It follows the Stages of Grief and intertwines the religious with art. It has some incredible observations that made me examine my own thoughts and assumptions.

But it is a very unimaginative nature that only cares for people on their pedestals. A pedestal may be a very unreal thing. A pillory is a terrific reality. They shou
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Anastasia
Dec 08, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4,5*)
Σύντομες περίοδοι, κοφτός λόγος, παράθεση άμεσων ερωτημάτων...όλα συντελούν στην αποκάλυψη της ψυχικής διάθεσης του Oscar Wide κατά τη συγγραφή του γράμματος. Άλλοτε σκεπτικός, άλλοτε θλιμμένος, πικραμένος, στοχαστικός και ειρωνικός. Κείμενο με φιλοσοφικές, κοινωνικές και θρησκευτικές προεκτάσεις, προσφέρεται για περισσότερες από μία αναγνώσεις σε διαφορετικές φάσεις της ζωής μας.

"Αυτό είναι ο προαιώνιο παραλογισμός της ανθρώπινης ζωής, να είσαι απόλυτα ελεύθερος και ταυτόχρονα νομοτελειακ
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Teresa
Oct 16, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"(...)
Uns amam pouco tempo, outros demais,
Uns vendem, outros compram;
Alguns praticam a ação com muitas lágrimas
E outros sem um suspiro, sequer:
Pois todo o homem mata o objeto do seu amor
E, no entanto, nem todo homem é condenado à morte.

Oscar Wilde (Balada do Cárcere de Reading)

De Profundis é uma longa carta, dirigida a Alfred Douglas, que Wilde escreveu na prisão de Reading, onde, durante dois anos, cumpriu pena de trabalhos forçados pela acusação de práticas homossexuais.
É um relato punge
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Evripidis Gousiaris
Υπέροχος! Η γλώσσα και οι σκέψεις του με μάγεψαν. Ανυπομονώ να διαβάσω Το Πορτραίτο του Ντόριαν Γκρέυ για το οποίο ακούω τόσα και τόσα :)
Mark
Nov 05, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To the Marquis of Queesnsbury,
Recommended to Mark by: someone to whom I should be eternally grateful
In the letter Wilde wrote to his friend Robert Ross enclosing this extended essay he finishes with a beautiful image

' On the other side of the prison wall there are some poor black soot-besmirched trees which are just breaking out into buds of an almost shrill gren. I know quite well what they are going through. They are finding expression '.

These lovely few sentences capture quite marvelously the thrust of this book. It is an account of Wilde's re-birth from in amidst the degradation and cruel
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Alice Poon
Feb 26, 2015 Alice Poon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics

A piece of beautiful, honest, philosophical writing that flows from a chastened soul.

Passages that tug at my heartstrings:

"To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul."

"Truth in art is the unity of a thing with itself: the outward rendered expressive of the inward: the soul made incarnate: the body instinct with spirit."

"Now it seems to me that love of so
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Franco  Santos
Mar 28, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-ficción
¿Algunas vez les pasó de leer el inicio de un libro para solo echarle un vistazo y terminaron leyendo mucho más de lo que planeaban?
Bueno, a mí me acaba de pasar: no pude parar de leer hasta terminarlo.

Puedo ser perfectamente feliz solo. Con libertad, libros, flores y la luna, ¿quién no puede ser feliz?

Me gustó muchísimo esta carta (megacarta) de Oscar Wilde a su amante. Este trabajo me permitió conocer más a fondo a uno de mis autores favoritos; a comprenderlo y admirar su grandeza y complejid
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Panos Lettas
Feb 24, 2017 Panos Lettas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4,5* για να είμαι ειλικρινής.
Στο πρώτο μέρος κουράστηκα λίγο, το δεύτερο όμως –τα δύο τρίτα του βιβλίου δηλαδή– είναι ένα αριστούργημα που διαβάζεται και ξαναδιαβάζεται και ξαναδιαβάζεται, και σημείωση στην σημείωση καταλήγεις να έχεις υπογραμμίσει και τσακίσει όλες τις σελίδες.
K.D. Absolutely
Oct 18, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Memoir)
Shelves: 501, memoirs
How can a love be so true be so wrong? No, erase that. Who am I to say that it is wrong?

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Irish writer, poet, aesthete and Lord Alfred Douglas (1870-1945), British author, poet, translator are in-love with each other and they are both homosexuals. Also, Wilde is married to Constance Lloyd (1859-1898) and they have two children: Cyril and Vyvyn.

Douglas is single at 21 and Wilde, 37, married and already a father when they start their affair. After a year, Wilde is incarcerat
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Reckoner
Πικραμενος, σαρκαστικος, πονεμενος ο Γουαιλντ φιλοσοφει, στοχαζεται, αναθεωρει για οτι αφορα την ζωη , τη Τεχνη και απευθυνει ενα δριμυ κατηγορω'' εναντια στην πουριτανικη ηθικη της Βικτωριανης Αγγλιας, στον ιδιο τον ερωμενο του με τον αμεσο,ποιητικο και ιδιοφυη του λογο ανοιγει πληγες που δεν εχουν σκοπο να επουλωθουν. Κατω απο το μικροσκοπιο βαζει και τον ιδιο τον εαυτο του προσπαθωντας να διαχειριστει, τις αδυναμιες, τις αγωνιες του, το μισος και εχοντας ως σκοπο την προσωπικη τελειωση, την η ...more
Jackie
Part I
Wow. Well, first off, this was excellent Valentine's Day reading, and when I say that I'm only about 64% sarcastic. If De Profundis shows anything it shows that love is complicated and however much I wanted to shake Oscar Wilde and yell "You're right to be upset! He's horrible! He's not worth it!" I know he wouldn't listen to me.
On the other hand, I can't imagine being on the receiving end of this letter and keeping my cool, even if I just had a teaspoonful of heart.

Part II
This is what mak
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Christopher
Beautiful, fascinating, poetic, and heartbreaking, Wilde becomes the “spectator of his own tragedy” in De Profundis and attempts a sort of mystical Confiteor to make sense of the suffering of his soul.

When first I was put into prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realizing what I am that I have found comfort of any kind. Now I am advised by others to try on my release to forget that I have ever been in a prison at all. I know that would
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Maria Espadinha
Jun 03, 2016 Maria Espadinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1º Acto - Uma Parteira Chamada Dor:

- "Suffering is really a revelation. One discerns things one's never discerned before"

2º Acto - A Roda dos Opostos:

- "I turned the good things of my life to evil and the evil things of my life to good"

3º Acto - A Experiência Constrói o Ser:

- "To regret one's own experience is to arrest one's own development"


Cai o Pano:

No fim de tudo o que há a reter, é que quem trilha o Caminho do Puro Prazer, está na verdade a trilhar o Caminho da Dor sem o saber.
Quer nos agra
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inverted_a
Τόσες σκέψεις σε ένα γράμμα 50.000 λέξεων από την φυλακή, τόσα θέματα γνωστά, τόσoς οικείος θρήνος --ο Wilde όπως και ο Pessoa αισθάνομαι πια πως έρχονται από την ίδια γνώριμη περιοχή που κάποτε συναντηθήκαμε όλοι(;) και πιθανότατα δεν θέλουμε να επισκεφθούμε ξανά, οπότε διαβάζοντας αυτόν τον σπαραγμό απ' την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος έμεινα με μία απορία στο μυαλό: γράμματα, αλληλογραφία, γιατί σταματήσαμε να στέλνουμε γράμματα; Αν αρχίσεις να γράφεις, δεν είναι εύκολο να αντισταθείς σε μία λευκή σελ ...more
Lynne King
Apr 22, 2013 Lynne King rated it really liked it
Shelves: oscar-wilde
This is a fabulous book. I loved it when I read it twenty or so years ago but I appreciate it more now for its literary worth. That's the difference.

Nice to see that it's still being read by my friends here.
Alison
Feb 25, 2010 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never would have expected a treatise on the meaning of suffering and sorrow, the path to the soul, and a meditation upon Christ as the first true artist/poet from a man imprisoned for homosexuality. It was a pleasure to read this "letter" that emerged out of Oscar Wilde's two year imprisonment for "illicit behavior". How one of his life of leisure, wealth, and decadence could find the path to his soul and the beauty in suffering and the value of nature while imprisoned in a jail cell for two y ...more
Fernando
Mar 11, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Con una honestidad brutalmente a flor de piel, Oscar Wilde escribe esta carta a su amante Alfred "Bosie" Douglas con la convicción de haber sido extremadamente castigado por la sociedad. Una auténtica Nota desde el Subsuelo, donde el dolor y el sufrimiento de uno de los escritores más sensibles de la literatura universal nos da la sensación de estar leyendo los sentimientos de un corazón "en carne viva".
georgia
i'm not okay.

"Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undisturbed. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make
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Sonia
Oct 29, 2015 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Empecé a leer este libro con la finalidad de conocer un poco más a uno de mis autores favoritos, pero lo terminé de leer conociendo un poco más a la humanidad. Una humanidad a veces injusta, a veces conducida por el odio y la vanidad. Otras tantas por los prejuicios, el interés, el desenfreno y la intolerancia, pero también, y contra todo pronóstico, cómo puede uno elegir ser movido por el amor sin necesidad de ser débil ante quien lo recibe o ante el hecho de no recibirlo a cambio. Lo important ...more
Andrew Calderon
Aug 26, 2012 Andrew Calderon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This 'book'-in reality, it is a letter written to Lord Alfred Douglas-is brimming with beautiful passages, intelligent ideas, and honest emotion. I haven't read something this transfixing and powerful in quite some time. It truly reveals Wilde's mastery of language, and his profound understanding on the human psyche. I found myself wondering if he knew that this would be read in the future by people other than Lord Alfred Douglas. It wouldn't change my experience of the book, but it was just so ...more
Tannaz
Sep 05, 2016 Tannaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب شامل دست نوشته های نویسنده است که در دوران حبسش خطاب به لرد آلفرد داگلاس نوشته شده است. او پس از دوره ای از شهرت و ثروت بسیار و "غیرمحتمل" ورشکسته و بی آبرو می شود و پس از چندین جلسه دادگاه (که به شدت کنجکاو شدم کتاب شرح دادگاه شو را بخونم!) به بیگاری و زندان محکوم می شود و به عنوان مجازات در ملا عام مورد تمسخر قرار میگیرد. طی این دوران، اجازه خواندن هر کتابی، فرستادن هر نامه ای و حتی برای مدتی، داشتن رابطه کلامی با زندانی های دیگر برایش ممنوع بود. مثل هر نوشته دیگری که از یک نابغه و در انت ...more
Ulia
May 05, 2016 Ulia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, letters
If you're an Oscar Wilde fan you must read this. All the feels in only 100 pages.
Brilliant!!
Josh
Oct 03, 2010 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
breakup letter, celebrity expose, prison letter, article of faith, philosophical pronouncement, and finally, a love letter.

why not?
Leila
Nov 28, 2009 Leila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in oscar wilde, lgtb, autobios, love/hate, philosophy
"Love does not traffic in a marketplace, nor use a huckster's scales. Its joy, like the joy of the intellect, is to feel itself alive. The aim of Love is to love: no more, and no less. You were my enemy: such an enemy as no man ever had. I had given you all my life, and to gratify the lowest and most contemptible of all human passions, hatred and vanity and greed, you had thrown it away. In less than three years you had entirely ruined me in every point of view. For my own sake there was nothin
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Cynthia .
Oct 14, 2016 Cynthia . rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oscar-wilde, 100, irish
I have taken more time than I should have to finish this book. I was alternating it with one of Ayn Rand's books. Anyway, this is of no import.

On with the review.

Honest, wrought with emotions, Oscar Wilde fulfilled the title's English translation "out of the depths." Every word, phrase, every line mirrored his strong sentiments of sorrow and pain, and of hope and aspiration from all his sufferings during the time of his incarceration. De Profundis, nevertheless, reflected the poignancy of his w
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Liz
Nov 04, 2014 Liz rated it it was ok
Shelves: fbc-15
I can't believe how highly rated this book is here. I can't remember being so crushingly disappointed by anything since the Star Wars prequels. I had been waiting to read this for so long before I finally bought it for myself; I love Oscar Wilde but he can be a bit glib, so I was eager to read what he had written while imprisoned. I was hoping to see him become genuinely introspective, learn what drove him to the conversion I knew came soon afterward, and generally read some beautiful, heartfelt ...more
Antonella
Oct 18, 2016 Antonella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sentí la necesidad de leer De Profundis dado el hecho de que Wilde es uno de mis autores favoritos. Siempre me sentí atraída a la historia de su vida, su sentido de la estética y su apreciación hacia la belleza pero al leer esta carta se puede ver el otro lado del Oscar Wilde de humor sarcástico y lleno de elocuencia, pude ver su dolor y su sinceramiento del escándalo que lo llevó a su ruina.
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being E ...more
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“The most terrible thing about it is not that it breaks one’s heart—hearts are made to be broken—but that it turns one’s heart to stone.” 554 likes
“To regret one’s own experiences is to arrest one’s own development. To deny one’s own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one’s own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.” 259 likes
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