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De Profundis (Latin: "from the depths") is a 50,000 word letter written by Oscar Wilde during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol, to Lord Alfred Douglas, his lover. Wilde wrote the letter between January and March 1897; he was not allowed to send it, but took it with him upon release. In it he repudiates Lord Alfred for what Wilde finally sees as his arrogance and vanity; he ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published September 12th 1993 by Fontamara (first published February 1905)
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°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
”Now it seems to me that love of some kind is the only possible explanation of the extraordinary amount of suffering that there is in the world. I cannot conceive of any other explanation. I am convinced that there is no other, and that if the world has indeed, as I have said, been built of sorrow, it has been built by the hands of love, because in no other way could the soul of man, for whom the world was made, reach the full stature of its perfection. Pleasure for the beautiful body, but pain ...more
Trevor
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Luís C.
Two magnificent texts by Oscar Wilde, particularly poignant.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol, the same place where Wilde was imprisoned, tells the true story and drama of a soldier sentenced for having murdered his wife.

De Profundis is a long letter addressed to Lord Douglas by Oscar Wilde who reproaches him for having abandoned him to his fate.

Oscar Wilde, who had accustomed us to very beautiful reflections on life and his aesthetics, gives us here a sort of last very moving testimony that will be
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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
Panagiotis
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δεν το θεωρώ ως μια ερωτική εξομολόγηση ή ως ένα μυθιστόρημα αλλά ως μια βιογραφία των τελευταίων χρόνων πριν την φυλάκισή του. Και ένα απόσπασμα που μου άρεσε. «Ένας άνθρωπος που λαχταράει να’ναι κάτι διαφορετικό από τον εαυτό του-μέλος του κοινοβουλίου ή επιτυχημένος χονδρέμπορος αποικιών ή εξέχων δικηγόρος ή δικαστής ή κάτι εξίσου ανιαρό- πετυχαίνει πάντοτε, χωρίς εξαίρεση να γίνει αυτό που θέλει. Αυτή είναι η τιμωρία του. Αυτοί που θέλουν μάσκα, είναι αναγκασμένοι να την φοράνε.»
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Καταριέμαι την ώρα και τη στιγμή που αγόρασα αυτό το βιβλίο
Όχι, δεν έχω κάτι εναντίον της γραφής του Όσκαρ Ουάιλντ, αντιθέτως αυτό του το εκτενές γράμμα το βρήκα ως μια υπέροχη και σπαραξικάρδια κατάθεση ψυχής.

Τότε τι καταριέμαι;
Τοn συγγραφέα του προλόγου της εισαγωγής και της ανάλυσης του De Profundis.
Τόσο εκτενής ήταν που εξαπλώθηκε στο 1/3 του βιβλίου σαν κακοήθης όγκος.
Δεν ήταν τόσο ανάλυση όσο μια ευκαιρία να ξετυλίξει το ομοφοβικό του ταλέντο ο κριτικός/σχολιαστής Ρήγας Γαρταγάνης. Έκανε ε
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Χριστίνα
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!
Franco  Santos
Mar 28, 2015 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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Vivian
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-odyssey, theory
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
(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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Alice Poon
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, non-fiction

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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Piyangie
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
De Profundis or "from the depths" is a long letter written by Oscar Wild to Lord Alfred Douglas while he was imprisoned in Reading Goal.

The letter is Wild's attempt to come to terms with his past, present dire circumstances and the future that he will have to face once released. As the name states, the letter is account from the depth - from his soul with all honesty. Although he holds that he is unjustly convicted, he nevertheless admits that he has committed grave errors in the past. He is re
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leynes
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of 2016, I read an abridged version of De Profundis. Alongside with The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, it was one of the first things I read by Oscar Wilde and that made me utterly and irrevocably fall in love with him. After finishing the abridged version, I dived into an extensive research on Oscar and uncovered the injustices he had to face during his lifetime. So, the abridged version of this letter solidified him as m ...more
Mark
Nov 05, 2011 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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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 :)
Teresa Proença
"(...)
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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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 18, 2009 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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Fernando
Mar 11, 2015 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".
Astraea
واقعا نمیدونم چی بگم در مورد سانسور کتاب در ایران!نمیدونم..شایدم سانسور نبود و اصل کتاب همین بوده
من این کتاب رو سال 88 خوندم...اصلا هم توی باغ نبودم...مدام میگفتم آخه یعنی چی!!!اسکار وایلد چه دوستی با آلفرد داگلاس داشته!!!؟؟؟؟
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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Saman
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oscar-wilde
"When first I was put in prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realising what I am that I have found comfort of any kind."

For me, Oscar Wilde is one of those few authors whose works make you question the human behaviour and De Profundis was no different.

With every Oscar Wilde read, my love for him has only increased and I don't think I'll ever read Oscar Wilde and not like it. I don't have much to say except that it was an intense and emo
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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
Stina
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I won't write a solid review for this because I just poured out my energy in a review with terrible grammar and no good points. Just a forewarning, y'all.

When I read this, all I could really do was think about Oscar Wilde's conditions when writing this. He wrote it in prison. I can't imagine he had it very nice there. Yet, he manages to write a perfectly Oscar Wilde-y letter, with beautiful prose and good insights.

I don't really want to talk about it anymore... just read it. If you like Oscar W
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Sonia
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, v-i-books
Español
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 im
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Ying Ying
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read the original (i.e. abridged) version only. Wilde's writing remained powerful despite his immense suffering in prison. Even though the text was incomplete, it was not less significant. I might pick up a more complete version of De Profundis some time soon.
Lynne King
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 rated it it was amazing
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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julieta
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is just so painful. It gets difficult a times, but then at others Wilde makes something much bigger of his woes. He flies in philosophy, metaphysic ideas. Love, hate, hurt, sorrow, Christ, friendship, family, he speaks of so many things. Yet you are left with a very sad feeling. If this is what may happen to someone so great, what is left for mere mortals like us? Is love to be so cruel?
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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 ...more
“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.” 617 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.” 298 likes
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