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De profundis

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  4,946 ratings  ·  347 reviews
Detenuto per sodomia, Wilde scrisse nel 1897 questo manoscritto in forma di lettera, frutto della tragica lotta che un artista ribelle ingaggia contro le ipocrisie della società, al suo giovane amante Bosie. Wilde appare in queste pagine un uomo affascinante e contraddittorio, ormai fiaccato nell'animo, sofferente come un autentico artista romantico, un Cristo perseguitato ...more
Paperback, Oscar Classici #63, 164 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Mondadori (first published 1897)
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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
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
Nov 05, 2011 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 26, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Franco  Santos
¿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
Alice Poon

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
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
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
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
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.
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
Apr 20, 2010 Leila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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".
Prison wisdom. Took this up after thinking about some recent challenges at the Marginal Revolution blog. One was to name the book with greatest density of wisdom - and another about what are the most important 6 words of wisdom at the moment - Wilde came to mind but unfortunately I can't nominate him for the former. Even though this piece is him at his least glib, and the real wisdom vastly outweighs the glib, sti ...more
Andrew Calderon
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
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
breakup letter, celebrity expose, prison letter, article of faith, philosophical pronouncement, and finally, a love letter.

why not?
Melissa Veras
#23: A book more than a 100 years old.

Rainbow Readathon: Orange.

Este "libro" en realidad es una carta bastante larga que escribió Oscar Wilde a su examante, después de haber pasado dos años en la cárcel. Solo me llegó una palabra para definir esta carta: Heartbreaking.

Me sentó muy mal leer todas las cosas que aquel señor le hizo a Wilde, y peor fue cuando busqué la biografía de aquel ser humano y ver todo lo que hizo y dijo después de la muerte de Wilde. Es increíble que existan personas tan des
Jinny Chung
"Whether you can or not it remains as a hideous truth in the very heart of our friendship. While you were with me you were the absolute ruin of my Art, and in allowing you to stand persistently between Art and myself I give to myself shame and blame in the fullest degree. You couldn't know, you couldn't understand, you couldn't appreciate. I had no right to expect it of you at all. Your interests were merely in your meals and moods. Your desires were simply for amusements, for ordinary or less o ...more
Ho bramato, desiderato leggere questo libro da tempi immemori e ora a lettura ultimata, posso dire che non ha deluso le mie aspettative, anzi.
"De profundis" è una lunga lettera che Wilde scrive a Lord Alfred Douglas, detto "Bosie" durante il periodo che ha trascorso nel carcere di Reading per il reato di sodomia.
E' una lunga lettera accorata, profonda, sofferta in cui Wilde si scaglia contro il suo amante, colpevole di non essergli stato accanto, di non essere mai andato a trovarlo e di averlo
I will not pander to people who fob off his brilliant work due to homophobic beliefs in 2014. He was an artist and an excellent, profound and witty writer even in his darkest writings he expressed great compassion for humanity's inhumane treatment of others, including him! If being a far right gay hating fascist make England happy....I am going with the French," let them eat cake!" and that goes for any kind of scapegoating and intolerance that today in 2014 would violate international charter o ...more
Tuntuu hieman oudolta antaa tähtiä jonkun kirjoittamalle kirjeelle, joten mennään neutraalisti kolmella.

Mitäs sitä sanoisi. Pitkissä pätkissä en tätä onnistunut lukemaan, vaan muutaman kymmenen sivun ryppäissä monen kuukauden ajan. Koska kyseessä on kirje, kappalejakoja lukuunottamatta yli kahtasataa sivua ei ole pätkitty mitenkään ja lukeminen on siksi hiukan konstikasta. Välillä into hiipui, välillä taas inspiroiduin.

De Profundis on tuskallista luettavaa. Wilden kaunokirjalliset teokset/esse
Liz Farrington
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
De Profundis..."From the depths". This letter is, without doubt, written from the depths - a confession of pain, sorrow, despair and transition in a dark, damp and cold Victorian prison. In this documentation, of sort, Wilde tells of his fall from grace and painful metamorphosis. He bares his soul, rips the very gut of his being out, examines what he had for so long lived for,and weeps over the fact that what he was is more pitiful than what he has become. The process of Wilde's examination is p ...more
Moira Russell
Corin Redgrave gives a beautiful, thoughtful, blistering performance of Wilde's letter, based on a monologue he worked up for the stage, recorded right in Reading Prison where Wilde wrote it. It's almost more difficult to listen to the famous book spoken by a living voice than it is even to read it. A short sharp introduction by Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson, is also good, altho I could have done without the overly mournful cellos and actual chain-rattling at the beginning.

Redgrave wrote him
I'm not quite sure how to rate this book. It was eloquently written and contained some beautiful passages of a broken man being introspective for the first time, but 75% of the book was simply a rant trying to assign blame for his imprisonment. You do feel some sympathy for Wilde as Douglas seems like the most rotten of characters, but the facts that Wilde was tried and convicted on were soley his doing. I did really like the passages where he describes the role of sorrow in the development of t ...more
Τι κρίμα να μην είναι Έλληνας να βάλει κανένα τραγουδάκι εκεί μέσα στη φυλακή όπως το "μου 'φαγες όλα τα δαχτυλίδια, μ' έχεις και κοιμάμαι, κοιμάμαι στα σανίδια"...Πολύ θα του ταίριαζε, θα έβγαζε το σεβντά του και δεν θα χρειαζόταν να γράψει αυτή τη μίρλα ολκής. Σύγνωμη που το ευτελίζω αλλά με κούρασε όλη αυτή η γκρίνια, στην τελική μόνος του επέλεξε να φάει όλη του την περιουσία, δεν τον αναγκάσε κανένας παρά τις χίλιες προφάσεις που ψάχνει να βρει. "Αγάπησε" θα πουν κάποιοι, εγώ πάλι θα πω πως ...more
Barbara Rice
Tedious. I guess he had plenty of time to spill his guts.
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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.” 483 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.” 201 likes
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