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Has Marriage for Love Failed?


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Table of Contents

Preface ix 1 The Catastrophe of the Wedding Night 1 2 Divorce, a ?Judaic Poison? 8 3 The Nuptial Utopia 15 4 From Forbidden Love to Obligatory Love 21 5 The Pathologies of the Ideal 28 6 Honey and Hemlock 35 7 The Round of Disappointed Lovers 40 8 Towards Separation in a State of Euphoria? 44 9 A Ministry of Broken Hearts? 50 10 An Agony Amidst Glory 57 11 The Liberating Tradition 62 12 Restoring Reason to Sentiment 68 13 Together, Separated 75 14 The Defeat of Prometheus 79 The Sweetness of Life 85

About the Author

Pascal Bruckner is the best-selling author of many books including The Tyranny of Guilt, Perpetual Euphoria and The Paradox of Love. He writes regularly for Le Nouvel Observateur.


"In this excellent little book, French philosopher Pascal Brucknersuggests that the very terms in which the argument againsttraditional marriage was made have served to undermine modernmarriage." The Australian "This small, wise book takes on a very large question: why hasmodern marriage failed so catastrophically, so dramatically? Withhis usual eloquence, irony and taste for paradox, Pascal Brucknercarefully exposes the roots of the problem and argues that despiteour modern 'realism' about love and sexuality, we have idealizedand overburdened the institution and practice of marriage to animpossible extent. To be married today, Bruckner tells us, isnothing short of a Promethean task. For those interested in thecultural history of the institution and a meditation on our currentmalaise - our current crisis? - Has Marriage for LoveFailed? is a must- read." Richard J. Golsan, Texas A&M University "For forty years, historians and sociologists have gradually beenuncovering the history of private life, and especially of marriagefor love. Pascal Bruckner examines their work, beginning withthe key question 'Is marriage for love finished?' - on which hecasts a penetrating eye." Luc Ferry, author of On Love and Learning to Live: AUser s Manual "Pascal Bruckner puts his finger on the social and existentialquestion of the moment: can marriage be combined with enduringlove? This is not a self-help book but rather the work of anastute writer and philosopher, written with elegance andstyle." Hebdo

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