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David's Inferno by David Blistein
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Mar 26, 2013 | ISBN 9781578264292

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“It takes us deep into the mysteries of depression, and its power to transform our relationships, our creativity, and our very selves—a remarkable achievement.” —Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker

“Blistein’s book is a searingly honest and deeply researched account of a mysterious and pervasive illness. He takes us to the heart of his Inferno, combing through the clinical and scientific literature and plumbing personal testimonies to create a vivid, unforgettable image of this very personal form of hell. This is a wonderful and important book.” —Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies

“This record of a writing life, a talented man’s self-examination, a marriage, all enduring the scalding tides those beset by depression know, stands out particularly for its articulated wisdom and graceful prose. It is plain-spoken, funny, and at times almost heartbreaking. […] But insight is what gets us all by and the most insightful writing is always help in need. David’s Inferno, with its wit and thoughtfulness, is a gift to be cherished.” —Robert Stone, winner of National Book Award for Dog Soldiers and Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Bear and His Daughters

“Warm and compassionate, often hilarious, and full of hope and encouragement…If you love someone who is depressed (or who you think might be), read this book.” —Caroline Carr, author of Living with Depression: How to Cope When Your Partner is Depressed

“Beyond the obvious—that it’s a travelogue of an emotional journey, a Fodor’s Guide to the troubled soul—the great insight of David’s Inferno is that life and literature are interwoven, that we can look to even ancient books for wisdom, diagnoses, and hope. Blistein’s frenetic, torturous—and surprise, funny!—tale offers all three in just the proper dosages.” —J.C. Hallman, author of Wm & H’ry: Literature, Love, and the Letters Between William and Henry James

“Why would I want to read so much about another person’s life except that it’s self-revealing, honest, illuminated with humor, and urgent. It has a reason for being; a perfect storm of a book.” —Kabir Helminski, Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order of Sufism and Co-Director of the Threshold Society

“There is no hushed reverence, no self-aggrandizing, no simple tried and true cures… just a shared battle and a stunning honesty.” —Will Ackerman, Grammy Award winner and founder of Windham Hill Records

“David Blistein takes depression—something scary and overwhelming—and makes it approachable through this remarkable new book. He brings to his story a great deal of practical and scientific information without ever losing sight of the human element.” —Rebecca Jones, MD, founder of the Vermont Greenprint for Health, and Vermont Director for Doctors for America
“From Plato to Plath, the great literary minds of our era have written about the descent into madness, but only one book both chronicles and heals, providing us a helping hand while also promising that we are not alone: David Blistein’s David’s Inferno. For anyone searching for meaning in this fragmented world, this profound, brilliant, compellingly fresh memoir is your siren call home. Don’t miss it.” —Suzanne Kingsbury, author of The Summer that Fletcher Greel Loved Me and The Gospel According to Gracie

“And there are times when it seems that the storms will never end, that the vortex of madness will devour all hope — But there is tomorrow, and this is the story and promise of David Blistein’s David’s Inferno.” —Dr. Michael Conforti, Jungian Analyst and Founder/Director of The Assisi Institute

“This is a very helpful book for depressives and their loved ones. It combines literary references from works such as Dante’s The Divine Comedy and Styron’s Darkness Visible with the author’s personal journey and practical medical information while not being preachy or demanding. It helps family members better respond to their loved ones’ breakdowns, provides depressives with a language with which to articulate their feelings, and provides hope that they will emerge from the dark wood and experience relief.” —Ingram Advance

Table Of Contents

Words Fail
Fifty-Three Years, Four Months, and one Helluva Week
Make Up Your Mind
Looking for Traction
Road Trip
Hard Turns and False Tops
The Wit and Wisdom of Neurotransmitters
Prescription Medicines
Alternative Medicine
Who Knows?
Visible Means of Support
Married to the Madness
Strange Obsessions and Glimmers of Light
The Labyrinth
Miracle of Miracles
Crazy Wisdom and Creativity
Depression and Spirituality
Beholding the Stars
Psychiatric Notes
Annotations, References, and Random Notes
Chapter Notes

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