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A handsome gift edition of one of the seminal pieces of literature to emerge from the Second World War: Viktor Frankl's moving account of his experiences in Auschwitz.

A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. The sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Only those who allowed their inner hold on their moral and spiritual selves to subside eventually fell victim to the camp's degenerating influence - while those who made a victory of those experiences turned them into an inner triumph. Frankl came to believe man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose.

This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.

Reviews

An enduring work of survival literature

New York Times

If you read but one book this year, Dr Frankl's book should be that one.

Los Angeles Times

His works are essential reading for those who seek to understand the human condition.

Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks

A poignant testimony...a hymn to the phoenix rising in each of us who choose life before flight.

Brian Keenan, author of An Evil Cradling

One of the most remarkable books I have ever read. It changed my life

Susan Jeffers, author of Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty

Influential and eloquent.

Jewish Chronicle

Perhaps the most significant thinking since Freud and Adler.

The American Journal of Psychiatry

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781846042843

    May 1, 2011

    Rider

    176 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9781846041242

    April 1, 2008

    Rider

    160 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Paperback

    9781844132393

    July 1, 2004

    Rider

    160 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448177684

    December 31, 2013

    Ebury Digital

    160 pages

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