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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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Irrevocable Loss

Irrevocable Loss

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(p.175) Irrevocable Loss
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Irrevocable
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Alphonso Lingis

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.003.0023

In the face of irrevocable loss, when work can have no effect, when performance has become absurd in the absence of lover or witness, we may find that our life continues in rituals. What do these rituals do? Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude tells of how Colonel Aureliano Buendía lives after the defeat of the insurrection he had led, and of how his sister Amaranta prepared to die when her loveless life was coming to an end. A young man whose wife had been killed in an automobile accident sets out to cross the continent alone on a bicycle in the course of a year, 10.000 kilometers. An immigrant remembers someone on the ship who left alone to walk from Perth to Melbourne and perished. Fifty years later the immigrant resumes that walk.

Keywords:   loss, ritual, Gabriel García Márquez, bicycle ride, refugees

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