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The Passions, by Rafael Argullol

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October 2020

488 pages

Human Studies

Original Title: Las pasiones según Rafael Argullol

What is a passion? We could have recourse to many definitions, but not one of them would be truly satisfactory. Without a doubt, where there are no passions we fall into apathy and indifference, for they are the living sap of life, but on occasion they can also hurl us into delirium and destruction. Perhaps that is the reason why tradition has alternately praised them and rejected them. The passions can raise us up until we can reach the very best versions of ourselves, or else bring us down to the worst. They can make us generous or egotistical, amorous or detestable, creators of beauty or of horror… However, whatever happens, it is impossible for us to manage without them, because they are just as decisive for our existences as are our blood, bones, heart or brain. Human beings are their passions. In the conversations with Fèlix Riera that make up this extraordinary book, Rafael Argullol reflects on love, the thirst for power, anger, fear and other inclinations that are the raw materials of our lives and, consequently, of literature, the arts and universal thought. A fascinating exploration of the human condition in its very essence and in all its nudity.

Praises

«In this book about the passions, Rafael Argullol dissects the human condition. Every one of its pages can bring us illumination».
Sergi Doria, ABC

«There is absolutely no waste in this book. It opens doors and windows onto thought, at the same time as it presents to us an invitation to get to know, or to relate to, works and authors in the history of literature, of art and of philosophy».
Iñaki Urdanibia, Kaos en la red

«In these pages, Argullol converses with Fèlix Riera on an infinity of subjects. Nothing falls outside this great humanist’s interests».
Qué Leer

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