On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times Audiobook, by Michael Ignatieff Play Audiobook Sample

On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times Audiobook

On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times Audiobook, by Michael Ignatieff Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Michael Ignatieff Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250830791

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38:06 minutes

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28 seconds

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25:50 minutes

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This program is read by the author. "Narrating in a warm and soothing voice, historian and former Canadian politician Michael Ignatieff offers a series of essays ruminating on the age-old search for consolation." —AudioFile Magazine Timely and profound philosophical meditations on how great figures in history, literature, music, and art searched for solace while facing tragedies and crises, from the internationally renowned historian of ideas and Booker Prize finalist Michael Ignatieff When we lose someone we love, when we suffer loss or defeat, when catastrophe strikes—war, famine, pandemic—we go in search of consolation. Once the province of priests and philosophers, the language of consolation has largely vanished from our modern vocabulary, and the places where it was offered, houses of religion, are often empty. Rejecting the solace of ancient religious texts, humanity since the sixteenth century has increasingly placed its faith in science, ideology, and the therapeutic. How do we console each other and ourselves in an age of unbelief? In a series of lapidary meditations on writers, artists, musicians, and their works—from the books of Job and Psalms to Albert Camus, Anna Akhmatova, and Primo Levi—esteemed writer and historian Michael Ignatieff shows how men and women in extremity have looked to each other across time to recover hope and resilience. Recreating the moments when great figures found the courage to confront their fate and the determination to continue unafraid, On Consolation takes those stories into the present, movingly contending that we can revive these traditions of consolation to meet the anguish and uncertainties of our precarious twenty-first century. A Macmillan Audio production from Metropolitan Books

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About Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff is rector and president of Central European University in Budapest and former professor at the Harvard Kennedy School.