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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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Paperback, 108 pages
Published March 2nd 2009 by btb (first published January 1st 2006)
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Maria Thomarey
Κάτι μεταξυ γράμματος και δοκιμίου και εξομολόγησης ψυχής και βιογραφίας .
Readathon2017:2/26 ενα βιβλιο γραμμένο με ψευδώνυμο
Laís Arjona
Jan 28, 2016 Laís Arjona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm having a hard time trying to not cry with this absolutely beautiful letter.
Maybe I'm permanently hurt by the reality beneath this love and life story.
Andrew
Jun 03, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Matteo S.
Aug 29, 2016 Matteo S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sicuramente non sono stato all'altezza della decisione presa trent'anni fa: di vivere a mio agio nel presente, attento prima di tutto alla ricchezza che è la nostra vita in comune. Rivivo adesso gli istanti in cui ho preso questa decisione con una sensazione di urgenza. Non ho opere più importanti in corso. Non voglio più - secondo la formula di Georges Bataille - «rimandare l'esistenza a dopo». Sono attento alla tua presenza come al tempo dei nostri inizi e mi piacerebbe fartelo sentire. Tu mi ...more
Arzu
May 09, 2014 Arzu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2009 Romulo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Νατάσσα
Nov 01, 2012 Νατάσσα rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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«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
Isabel
Nov 19, 2014 Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"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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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 décisio ...more
Emma Crameri
Jun 30, 2008 Emma Crameri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So beautiful and sad. Devoured in one sitting.
Roberta Almeida
Aug 03, 2014 Roberta Almeida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very powerful.
Paola Calvetti
Feb 03, 2012 Paola Calvetti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La plus belle lettre d'amour de tous les temps!
La più bella lettera d'amore di tutti i tempi.
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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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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Ludmila Campos
Dec 23, 2014 Ludmila Campos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paola
Dec 14, 2010 Paola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"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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Paolo Gianoglio
Jan 06, 2017 Paolo Gianoglio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colpisce per la semplicità. Colpisce per l’intensità. Colpisce per l’estrema lucidità con cui un intellettuale-filosofo decide di affrontare un tema così scomodo come l’amore. Gorz non si limita a celebrare l’amore per la sua Dorine, a ringraziarla per la sua esistenza. Gorz utilizza questa lunga lettera per cercare dentro di se le ragioni del suo amore, trovare la consapevolezza dei suoi limiti, dichiarare i suoi errori. Ne emerge con un rinnovato amore, che non è solo impegno cerebrale ma è ve ...more
Whitaker
Oct 14, 2009 Whitaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Andre  Aguiar
Um texto sensível, honesto e delicado que trata do amor, do casamento e dos arrependimentos que a gente acumula o longo da vida. Fiquei um pouco perdido nos momentos onde ele fala sobre filósofos e economia, mas vale a pena por outras reflexões.
Kathy
Aug 21, 2013 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Pippa M
Jun 04, 2016 Pippa M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MADE ME CRY <3
Noa
Feb 19, 2014 Noa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The world needs to read this.
Wow.
Alba Nogueira
Apr 29, 2013 Alba Nogueira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Angelica
May 20, 2017 Angelica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A paean to the selflessness of wives – politically engaged, more-brilliant-than-average wives – who are great for one's career (whose worthiness one's bosses*, even, take note of), and once the wives have fulfilled their decades of duty of selflessness, their role then, is to die, exquisitely, preferably, with fortitude and dignity, so that one is moved, on their deathbed, first to recognize their pain, born of having always written and never published, a pain one recognizes because indeed one, ...more
Meriem  Hamiti
May 04, 2017 Meriem Hamiti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4,5/5
You’re 82 years old. You’ve shrunk six centimetres, you only weigh 45 kilos, yet you’re still beautiful, graceful and desirable.

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.
this is so truly written !
what an emotional letter ! what a great couple ! what a powerful love !
this book made me think of life , and how it's running fast without us even noticing ! wi
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Laura
Jun 02, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alcune parti sono da ricordare all'infinito..testimoni di un amore speciale davvero fino alla fine. Altre meno profonde raccontano di una vita trascorsa insieme,tra alti e bassi come tutti, ma con la forza dell'amore ad aiutarli.
Elis Niyazieva
Jun 16, 2017 Elis Niyazieva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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yup, touching... familiar and beautiful
Leonardo
Mar 14, 2017 Leonardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tengo que dejar pasar un tiempo, a ver que impacto me genera. Creo que se trata de uno de los mejores libros que leí en mi vida.
Paulo
Jan 22, 2014 Paulo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
PatriziaBi
Nov 30, 2011 PatriziaBi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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André Gorz , pen name of Gérard Horst, born Gerhard Hirsch, also known by his pen name Michel Bosquet, was an Austrian and French social philosopher. Also a journalist, he co-founded Le Nouvel Observateur weekly in 1964. A supporter of Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist version of Marxism after World War Two, in the aftermath of the May '68 student riots, he became more concerned with political eco ...more
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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.” 8 likes
“I'd reached the age where you ask yourself what you've done with your life, what you would have liked to have done with it. I had the impression of not having lived my life, of having always observed it at a distance, of having developed only one side of myself and being poor as a person. You were, and always had been, richer than I was. You'd blossomed and grown in every dimension. You were at one with your life; whereas I'd always been in a hurry to move on to the next task, as though our life would only really begin later.” 5 likes
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