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Killing the black dog

Killing the Black Dog is Les Murray's courageous account of his struggle with depression, accompanied by poems specially selected by the author. Since the first edition appeared in 1997, hosts of readers have drawn insight from his account of the disease, its social effects and its origins in his family's history.As Murray writes in this revised and updated edition, the title was premature. He had mistaken a remission for a cure, and thought himself freed from the severe depressive illness which had twice invaded his life. Now, in a new afterword, he describes a relapse, but also shares some o.

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  • "In 1988, shortly after moving from Sydney back to his birthplace in the rural New South Wales hamlet of Bunyah, Les Murray was struck with depression. In the months that followed, the "Black Dog" ruled his life. He raged at his wife and children, ducked a parking ticket on grounds of insanity and begged a police officer to shoot him rather than arrest him. For days on end he lay in despair, a state in which, as he puts it precisely, "you feel beneath help.""
  • "Killing the Black Dog is Les Murray's courageous account of his struggle with depression, accompanied by poems specially selected by the author. Since the first edition appeared in 1997, hosts of readers have drawn insight from his account of the disease, its social effects and its origins in his family's history.As Murray writes in this revised and updated edition, the title was premature. He had mistaken a remission for a cure, and thought himself freed from the severe depressive illness which had twice invaded his life. Now, in a new afterword, he describes a relapse, but also shares some o."@en
  • "Killing the Black Dog is Murray's recollection of those awful days: brief, pointed, wise, arid full of beauty in the way of his poetry. The prose text-delicately balanced between personal and informativeùgives a glimpse of the imprint that depression can leave on a life. The accompanying poems show their roots in his crisisùa crisis from which, he reports toward the close of this poignant book, he has fully recovered. "My thinking is no longer jammed and sooty with resentment," he recalls. "I no longer wear only stretch-knit clothes and drawstring pants. I no longer come down with bouts of weeping or reasonless exhaustion. And I no longer seek rejection in a belief that only bitterly conceded praise is reliable.""
  • "Killing the Black Dog is a crucial chapter in the life of an outstanding poet. --Book Jacket."

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  • "Erlebnisbericht"
  • "Ausgabe"
  • "Poésie australienne"
  • "Autobiographie 1985-1996"
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  • "Poetry"@en
  • "Poetry"

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  • "Den svarta hunden essä och dikter"
  • "Killing the black dog"
  • "Killing the black dog"@en
  • "Der schwarze Hund : eine Denkschrift über die Depression"
  • "Killing the black dog : a memoir of depression"
  • "Killing the black dog : essays and poems"
  • "Der schwarze Hund eine Denkschrift über die Depression. Les Murray. Aus dem Engl. von Margitt Lehbert"