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The Life and Work of Albert Caraco: An Introduction to Post Mortem PDF

Albert Caraco Post Mortem PDF: A Review of a Controversial Book

If you are looking for a challenging and provocative read, you might want to check out Albert Caraco Post Mortem PDF, a book that has been described as "a masterpiece of nihilism" by some critics and "a scandalous blasphemy" by others. But who was Albert Caraco and what did he write in this book? In this review, we will explore the life and work of this obscure and controversial author, as well as the main themes and messages of his posthumous book. We will also discuss some of the difficulties and controversies that surround this book, as well as its impact and reception.


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Albert Caraco was a French-Uruguayan writer, philosopher, and poet who was born in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1919 to a wealthy Sephardic Jewish family. He traveled extensively in Europe and South America, where he converted to Catholicism along with his family. He settled in Paris after World War II, where he lived a reclusive and depressed life, writing several books that were mostly ignored or rejected by publishers. He committed suicide in 1971 (or 1972 according to some sources), shortly after his father's death.

Post Mortem is his most famous and controversial book, which was published posthumously in 1968 by a Swiss publisher. It is a collection of essays, aphorisms, diary entries, letters, poems, and fragments that reflect his nihilistic worldview and his despair over modern civilization. The book covers topics such as culture, religion, morality, politics, art, literature, philosophy, history, sexuality, death, suicide, and more. The main theme and message of the book is that human life is meaningless and absurd, that all values are relative and subjective, that God does not exist or is indifferent to human suffering, that death is the only certainty and salvation, and that suicide is a rational choice for anyone who sees through the illusions of society.

Caraco wrote Post Mortem over several years, without any clear plan or order. He left behind several manuscripts that were edited and arranged by his friend Max-Alain Schweblin, who also wrote a preface to the book. The book was rejected by several French publishers, who found it too shocking and offensive, until it was accepted by a small Swiss publisher, L'Age d'Homme, which specialized in avant-garde and dissident literature. The book was published with a limited print run and received little attention from the public and the critics, except for a few admirers and detractors. The book was also banned in some countries, such as Turkey, where Caraco was born.

Albert Caraco: A Brief Biography

Albert Caraco was born on July 10, 1919, in Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, which was home to a large and prosperous Sephardic Jewish community. His father, José Caraco, was a banker and a descendant of Spanish Jews who had settled in Turkey since the 15th century. His mother, Esther Nahmias, was also from a prominent Jewish family. Albert had a younger brother, Jacques, who died in childhood.

Caraco received a cosmopolitan and cultured education, learning several languages and studying literature, philosophy, history, and art. He attended prestigious schools in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, and Paris, where he was influenced by writers such as Nietzsche, Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Cioran. He also developed a passion for travel and adventure, visiting many countries and regions in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.

In 1939, as World War II was looming over Europe, Caraco's father decided to flee from Nazi persecution and bought Honduran passports for his family. They left Paris and traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires, where they lived for several years. During this period, Caraco and his family converted to Catholicism for social reasons, but he soon became disillusioned with the religion and its dogmas. He also became bored and alienated by the South American society, which he found superficial and materialistic.

In 1946, after the war ended, Caraco returned to Paris with his parents. He hoped to find a new life and a literary career in the city of lights, but he was disappointed by the postwar situation and the cultural decline of France. He felt isolated and depressed, unable to fit in or find recognition for his work. He lived with his parents in a small apartment in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, where he spent most of his time reading and writing. He had few friends and contacts in the literary world, except for Schweblin, 71b2f0854b

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