Suicide is everywhere. It haunts history and current events. It
haunts our own networks of friends and family. The spectre of
suicide looms large, but the topic is taboo because any meaningful
discussion must at the very least consider that the answer to the
question - 'is life worth living?' - might not be an emphatic yes;
it might even be a stern no. Through a sweeping historical overview
of suicide, a moving literary survey of famous suicide notes, and a
psychological analysis of himself, Simon Critchley offers us an
insight into what it means to possess the all too human gift and
curse of being of being able to choose life or death. Five years
after its initial publication, this revised edition of NOTES ON
SUICIDE includes a new preface by the author addressing shifts in
the discourse surrounding suicide, particularly in relation to
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