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‘You’re 82 years old. You’ve shrunk six centimetres, you only weigh 45 kilos yet you’re still beautiful, graceful and desirable’ – so begins André Gorz’s ‘open love letter’ to the woman he has lived with for 58 years and who lies dying next to him.

As one of France’s leading post-war philosophers, André Gorz wrote many influential books, but nothing he wrote will be read a

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Published March 2nd 2009 by btb (first published January 1st 2006)
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Arzu
Hem bi' çiftin aşk manifestosu, hem de alçak gönüllü vedası gibi..
André Gorz "Geceleri bazen boş bir yolda ve ıssız bir manzarada bir cenaze arabasının ardından yürüyen bir adamın karaltısını görüyorum. O adam benim. Cenaze arabasının taşıdığı ise sen. Senin yakılma törenine katılmak istemiyorum; elime, içinde küllerinin bulunduğu bir kavanoz vermelerini istemiyorum. (...) İkimizin de dileği, diğerinin ölümünden sonra yaşamak zorunda kalmamaktı..." demiş ve sonra Dorine ile birlikte ölmeyi seçmi
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Romulo
A sinopse já diz muito sobre a vida do autor e as condições em que este livro foi escrito e foi encontrado.

Mas eu gostaria de recomendar essa história de amor a todos. Especialmente aos que estão achando a vida entediada e sem graça. Este livro pode ser uma ótima leitura porque, além de ser sobre uma história de amor, é importante saber que o livro foi escrito na velhice. O texto é todo como se fosse uma carta mesmo de André para Dorine.

O livro é escrito por alguém que ja acreditou em si e ja r
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Isabel
"Carta a D. - história de um amor" terá sido um dos últimos textos escrito por André Gorz.
Num registo autobiográfico, Gorz evoca não só o seu amor pela esposa, Dorine, mas transparece algumas das suas ideologias inerentes a textos e obras escritos ou acontecimentos vividos.

P. 80: "Inscrevi o teu nome na pedra com um buril. Essa casa era mágica. Todos os espaços tinham uma forma trapezoidal. As janelas do quarto davam para a copa das árvores. Na primeira noite, não dormimos. Cada um escutava a r
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Alba Nogueira
Uma bela história de amor, contada com a elegância dos que sabem que este sentimento não precisa ser gritado. Basta-lhe, ao amor, existir além.
Astrid Portilla revelo
Un texto rápido, de escritura fluida y lectura disfrutable en cualquier momento del día y de la vida. Francisco de Quevedo dijo alguna vez: "Hay libros cortos, que para entenderlos como se merecen, se necesita una vida muy larga". Tal vez, este pueda ser uno de esos libros.

El texto se desarrolla a manera de carta. De André para Dorine, su esposa. A simple vista, puede parecer un trabajo sencillo y sin trasfondo, sin embargo no hay nada más alejado de la realidad. Se debe empezar por conocer al
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Andrew
D is the André Gorz’s 82-year-old, terminally ill wife, and this short book is a letter written to her about a year before they both committed suicide at the same time, unable to bear the thought of being parted.

It’s a beautiful story, augmented by a few lovely photos of the couple (I wanted more, actually). The telling is often very beautiful and poignant, although occasionally it’s surprisingly long-winded for such a short book, particularly in the parts where he’s examining some hurtful lines
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Anna
“You’re 82 years old. You’ve shrunk six centimetres, you only weigh 45 kilos, yet you’re still beautiful, graceful and desirable. We’ve lived together now for 58 years and I love you more than ever. I once more feel a gnawing emptiness in the hollow of my chest that is only filled when your body is pressed next to mine.”

These are the opening lines of ‘Letter to D’, a remarkable letter that the famous French philosopher Andre Gorz wrote to his wife Dorine as she lay on her deathbed. Andre Gorz wa
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Whitaker
Why "I really liked it": Cause I'm a sucker for stuff like this. This is a letter by Andre Gorz to his wife before they both died in a joint suicide pact: she was dying from a terminal illness and he couldn't bear the thought of life without her. It's a testament to their love of more than 40 plus years, and is beautiful beyond words.
Pourquoi je l'ai bien aimé: Je suis un fou pour ces genres de choses: histories côté sentimentale d'un amour bien réel. C'est toujours plus forts que moi. Et c'éta
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Atila Demirkasımoğlu
Oldukça iyi bir metin. Anlatma çabası bile başlıbaşına bir saygıyı hak ediyor. Anlatı sırasında eşine gösterdiği özen metnin cümleleri ve cümle kuruluşları arasında o kadar net seçiliyor ki, bu nezaket ve değer gösterme için Andre Gorz'u takdir etmemek mümkün değil.

Bu anlatı aynı zamanda bir sorgulama da. Sorgulamayla birlikte bir arayış ve anlamlandırış. Hem aşka hem hayata hem kendiliğe dair bir yolculuk.

Ben bir saflık ve yalınlık gördüm bu aşkda. Gençlere çıkacakları aşk yolculuğunda bir örn
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Kathy
The only thing I liked about this book was the purpose of the book. How sweet that he wrote a letter to his wife and how sweet that they ended their lives together. I didn't enjoy the actual book at all, it just didn't grab me.
Paulo
I took notice of the existence of this book, Letter to D, through an article in a newspaper, on the release of its Portuguese edition, although I ended buying the English edition. Its subtitle, A Love Story, was what caught my attention, even knowing beforehand that a love letter is something rarely understandable and appreciable by others. Yet, the book does not assume itself as such, but rather as a statement, a confession of all the feelings that André Gorz experienced, over his life, for Dor ...more
Fernanda
O livro é uma carta de amor de André Gorz, intelectual francês da geração de 68, a sua esposa Dorine. A história bastaria para dar um livro belíssimo: Gorz admite que nos tempos em que sua carreira e o círculo intelectual parisiense estavam no auge, muitas vezes deixou de lado Dorine - ela sempre esteve ao lado dele, independente disso. Anos depois, Dorine descobre ter uma doença degenerativa decorrente de substâncias químicas presentes na alimentação. A partir daí, a vida de Dorine e Gorz muda ...more
PatriziaBi
Non un romanzo, non un saggio: il libro di André Gorz è una lettera, l’ultimo scritto dell’autore prima della morte che lo ha indissolubilmente legato alla sua amata Dorine.
Forse perché una lettera è ciò che di più intimo si possa scrivere.
Forse perché, essendo l’ultimo scritto di Gorz, lo immaginavo un’esplosione di passioni e di intensità, un eccesso, un acuto, un tripudio di emozioni forti.
Forse perché, essendo le sue parole ed i suoi ricordi dedicati alla moglie ed essendo egli protagonista
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Νατάσσα
«Μόλις έγινες ογδόντα χρονών. Είσαι ακόμα όμορφη, γοητευτική και επιθυμητή. Πάνε πια πενήντα οκτώ χρόνια που ζούμε μαζί και σ’ αγαπώ περισσότερο από ποτέ. Τελευταία σε ξαναερωτεύτηκα για άλλη μια φορά και έχω πάλι μέσα ένα σπαρακτικό κενό που το γεμίζει μονάχα το σώμα σου αγκαλιασμένο σφιχτά με το δικό μου. Τη νύχτα βλέπω καμιά φορά έναν άντρα, μέσα σ’ ένα έρημο τοπίο, να περπατά σ’ έναν άδειο δρόμο πίσω από μια νεκροφόρα. Είμαι αυτός ο άντρας. Εσένα μεταφέρει η νεκροφόρα. Δεν θέλω να παραβρεθώ ...more
Amandine
Relecture en septembre 2012 : http://minoualu.blogspot.be/2012/09/l...

Lecture en février 2011 : Une déclaration d'amour absolument sublime et une analyse de soi-même très lucide, sans complaisance. J'ai particulièrement aimé la fin de cette lettre, très émouvante.
Il s'agit de sa "dernière" lettre à sa femme, malade et mourante, pour raconter leur histoire, leur amour, et lui dire une dernière fois à quel point il l'a aimée et l'aime.

"Tu m'as donné toute ta vie et tout de toi ; j'aimerais pouvoi
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Papatya Taşpınar
son mektupta aşkı, evliliği, birlikteliği anla-mlandır-ma çabası. Birlikte geçen ve birlikte sona erdirilen bir ömrün hatırası. yalın dili, tarihi ve felsefi detaylarıyla ilgi çekici; ancak andré'nin kendi yazılarını analiz etmeye çalıştığı kısım biraz sıkıcı, bir mektuptan ziyade bir anı defterinin parçası. dorine ise her sayfada güzelliği, zekası ve yaşama coşkusuyla parlıyor sanki. maddiyatın önemsenmediği, ekolojinin ve aşkın esas olduğu bu anlatı ve yaşanmışlık tabii- çok kıymetli.
Jiali Yu
This is one of my favorite books I have ever read, I read this book more than five times within a month, I just loved the book so much that I don't want to put this book down. My boyfriend recommended this book to me, and I appreciated a lot. It describes a real love story of a French couple, their happiness, conflicts, and their views on many things. Their love is a role model and I think every adult should read this book. Strongly recommend!
Caroline
"Men don't know how to end things,' you said. 'Women prefer a clean break.'" (28) ...And then, a lifetime later, Andre Gorz wrote Dorine this book as a love letter on her death bed. "We are somewhat short of and way beyond philosophy here." (35)

There have been so many good letters from boys this week but this might be the finest.

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I'll add my other quotes in later. Now sleep before Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin.
Yifan Li
«Nous aimerions chacun ne pas survivre à la mort de l'autre. Nous nous sommes dit que si, par impossible, nous avions une seconde vie, nous voudrions la passer ensemble.» ...more
Alexia
I appreciated the raw honesty of Gorz almost as much as his love for his wife. This is very well written but I feel like it is not complete enough to be called a book, regarding both: the length and story development. I would have liked the opportunity to get to know them better, to understand what it was about her that made him love her so. And vice versa.

On a final note, I felt that this also lacked the enlightenment factor. I didn't get excited reading and I don't feel like it's changed my l
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Jamie
Beautiful love letter with some philosophical reflections interspersed throughout:
'...la volontà di non essere Niente si confonde con quella di essere Tutto. Alla fine di "Le Vieillissement" si trova questa autoesortazione: "Bisogna accettare d'essere finito: di essere qui e non altrove, di fare questa e non un'altra cosa, ora e non mai o sempre [...] d'avere solo questa vita"'(54).
And, '...una sola cosa era essenziale per me: stare con te. Non posso immaginarmi continuare a scrivere se tu non
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Dimitris
Solid proof of love that lasted till the end, he wrote this before he and his wife took their lifes together, before illness got to force them appart.

Beautiful.
Paola
"Se ti unisci con qualcuno per la vita, mettete le vostre vite in comune e tralasciate di fare ciò che divide o contrasta la vostra unione. La costruzione della vostra coppia é il vostro progetto comune, non avrete mai finito di rafforzarla, di adattarla, di riorentarla in funzione delle situazioni mutevoli. Noi saremo ciò che faremo insieme."
Dice Dorine al futuro marito che aveva delle resistenze a sposarsi. A legalizzare l'unione.
Il concetto é espresso in maniera semplice.
Praticarlo mi pare c
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Benj84
Touching, not necessarily very interesting if you're not already interested in his ploitical texts
Rebecka
Nice enough, but I think the surrounding circumstances more or less make the book what it is...
Dominic Fortin-Charland
Lettre à D. m'a marqué pour plusieurs raisons: certaines personnelles, me rendant nostalgique d'un amour passé (aujourd'hui transformé en profonde amitié) et de la complicité professionnelle et intime qui en résultait; d'autres existentialistes pour tout ce qui touche cette réflexion sur cette manie d'inexistence que j'ai peut-être trop souvent, à mes dépends et à celui de mon entourage. Pour ce qui est de la fin, elle m'a traversé. Ce regard sur le monde, cet amour au travers et cette décision ...more
Gianfranco Lanzio
Short, sharp, intense read.
Chiuho
I am not sure what to think of this. As a letter to his love of life, it is honest and sweet, heart warming. As a book, ...
But I am glad to read it, a meditation of love through a great philosopher, ought to teach me something. " We shared a world but we looked at it from different angles. Those differences made is rich".
I am also shocked and humbled by they committed suicide together, and see the picture of them in their 80s, hugging together sweetly. There were lucky to have each other to th
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Trépas
fascinating one.. their love is incredibly strong and touching, but yet, so fragile on the inside. they want to be themselves, being YOU and ME is more important than being US.

because there is no US without you and me. this book taught me the importance of "thinking" through relationships. giving all you've got, but in the same time, giving your beloved one the time alone he/she needs.

ps: their suicide is legendary and touching..
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“You're 82 years old. You've shrunk six centimetres, you only weigh 45 kilos yet you're still beautiful, graceful and desirable. We've lived together now for 58 years and I love you more than ever. I once more feel a gnawing emptiness in the hollow of my chest that is only filled when your body is pressed next to mine.” 4 likes
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