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    • Satan, the Waster. A Philosophic War Trilogy with Notes & Introduction
      Vernon Lee
      Satan, the Waster, published in 1920, is an essay on political anthropology of the Great War in a radically pacifist and rationalist perspective. The book consists of a symbolic comedy focused on the traditional metaphor of the devil and a collection of essays that clarify its infinite meanings and suggestions. The attentive readers will be enriched by this atlas of the conscience of Europe of the Great War with a radically changed vision of the whole phenomenon.

      Pages 466
      Format: epub + mobi
      ISBN 9788897527510 Anno 2020
    • Ebook Price € 5


    • Vernon Lee
      Vernon Lee was born Violet Paget in 1856. Although best remembered for the bewitching ghost stories she wrote between 1881 and 1913, she was also a fervent pacifist who wrote extensively and innovatively on the art of writing and the morality of art itself. She died in 1935. She built a personal philosophy resistant to formulas and built on an original notion of Manifold Reality and its needs.
      Birth 1856
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    • BACK COVER
      "To the modern conscience in time of peace, war is a monstrosity complicated by an absurdity; hence no one can believe himself to have had a hand in bringing it about."
      Satan, the Waster, published in 1920, is an essay on political anthropology of the Great War in a radically pacifist and radically rationalist perspective: but although it is a militant book, it is neither a sermon nor a book of good intentions; it is a ruthless analysis of what happened, built on the basis of the original vision of a writer with a unique personality. The book consists of a symbolic comedy focused on the traditional metaphor of the devil and a collection of essays that clarify its infinite meanings and suggestions. It is unique in its kind, a masterpiece of writing and intellectual clarity, and was written in an intentionally rough way to force the readers to think overcoming the instinctive solidarity with their country at war, an attitude which was dominant at that time, and which still remains today.
      The First World War is the product of a system that has lost its ability to manage its own complexity, and any traditional explanation of the phenomenon is inadequate. So Satan, the Waster had this aim: to be the beginning of the search for a key to this unacceptable event, without ever giving any priority status to traditional explanations and rationalizations. We are faced with a phenomenon that requires completely unprejudiced thought, and consequently radical innovation in the way of expressing it.
      The attentive readers will be enriched by this masterpiece, which is a kind of atlas of the (dirty) conscience of Europe of the Great War, with an infinite number of suggestions for their own reflection, and will gain a radically changed vision of the whole phenomenon.
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
      Editor’s Foreword
      Notes to the 2020 electronic edition
      SATAN, THE WASTER
      Original title page
      A Preface Ten Years After Publication, 1920-
      To the Reader
      Introduction
      Part I - Prologue in Hell
      Part II - The Ballet of the Nations
      Act
      Act
      Part III - Epilogue
      Notes to the Prologue
      Why Satan?
      The Present Moment
      Words, Words, and Evermore Words
      Delusion
      Confusion
      Postscript to Delusion and Confusion
      Reality
      What Is Waste?
      Self-Sacrifice
      The Future
      The Muse of History
      Notes to the Ballet of the Nations
      The Orchestra of Patriotism
      Widow Fear
      The Silver Trumpet of Idealism
      Love of Adventure
      Justice
      The Harmonium of Self-Righteousness and the Trump of Judgment
      Intolerance
      Hatred
      Heroism (and Humbler Virtues)
      The Drum of Unanimity
      Indignation
      Pity
      Satan’s Benediction
      Postscript to the Notes
      Appendix I: PEACE WITH HONOUR (1915)
      Original Title Page
      The Four Cardinal Points in the Policy of the Union of Democratic Control
      Peace with Honour
      Appendix II: THE FIRST BALLET OF THE NATIONS (1915)
      Original title page
      Dedication
      The Ballet Of The Nations (1915)
      Appendix III: PROTEUS OR THE FUTURE OF INTELLIGENCE (1925)
      Original title page
      Dedication
      I - Intelligence and Proteus
      II - Proteus and Ethics
      III - Proteus and Aesthetics
      IV - Proteus and Intellectual Manners
      V - Uses and Abuses
      Back cover
      Vernon Lee

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