Most works of fiction and non fiction celebrate and propagate success! Success in your chosen profession. Success in the amount of money you make. Success with members of the opposite sex. Success in everything you desire in this life. There are plenty of evangelists and miracle men who can even tell you how to succeed in your future life. Or whether you were a success or a failure in your past lives. SUCCESS! Our ego's swelling up like giant balloons. Rising up into the transfixed air. Dazzling the world. Filling the pages of national dailies and history books. Oozing out of television screens.
The Book Of Disquiet celebrates Failure. Loneliness. Disconnect. "Disquiet" -The inability to find contentment, solace or meaning in our everyday life. The never ending search for another world. A world which in all probability will never exist. The Book of Disquiet is one of the greatest work of renunciation to have come out of the west. There have been many remarkable texts on renunciation but the human race has always followed a different piper. Collectively we are all aspiring,perspiring and conspiring to possess more and more. The only credo that has a universal appeal is: "Greed is Good and Power is Great".
Nabokov wrote in Speak Memory-"The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness." Writers like Fernando Pessoa, Robert Musil, Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, Marcel Proust, James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov widened that crack to let more light pass through into the 20th century.
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