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Les mysteres de la mort et de l'au-dela ont de tous temps captive les artistes, les scientifiques, les poetes, les philosophes et les theologiens. Des momies egyptiennes a l'immortalite quantique en passant par les experiences de mort imminente, ce livre eclaire le monde des tenebres, a l'aide de textes courts et d'une tres belle iconographie, et revele en 100 dates l'incro Les mysteres de la mort et de l'au-dela ont de tous temps captive les artistes, les scientifiques, les poetes, les philosophes et les theologiens. Des momies egyptiennes a l'immortalite quantique en passant par les experiences de mort imminente, ce livre eclaire le monde des tenebres, a l'aide de textes courts et d'une tres belle iconographie, et revele en 100 dates l'incroyable creativite humaine face a la mort, pour le meilleur et pour le pire.


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Les mysteres de la mort et de l'au-dela ont de tous temps captive les artistes, les scientifiques, les poetes, les philosophes et les theologiens. Des momies egyptiennes a l'immortalite quantique en passant par les experiences de mort imminente, ce livre eclaire le monde des tenebres, a l'aide de textes courts et d'une tres belle iconographie, et revele en 100 dates l'incro Les mysteres de la mort et de l'au-dela ont de tous temps captive les artistes, les scientifiques, les poetes, les philosophes et les theologiens. Des momies egyptiennes a l'immortalite quantique en passant par les experiences de mort imminente, ce livre eclaire le monde des tenebres, a l'aide de textes courts et d'une tres belle iconographie, et revele en 100 dates l'incroyable creativite humaine face a la mort, pour le meilleur et pour le pire.

30 review for Le Livre de La Mort Et de L'Au-Dela - de Thanatos a la Resurrection Quantique: de Thanatos a la Resurrection Quantique

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brett C

    This is cool book on the human concept of death and the afterlife. Every page is a picture and a brief description about the picture, the concept, and its place in history. The book starts from the days of prehistoric man and finishes in today's modern world. There was some great artwork depictions of the the concepts to include: Heaven, Hell/Hades, resurrection, necromancy, burial mounds, gravestones, euthanasia, autopsy, the electric chair, CPR, embalming, 'Do Not Resuscitate', and a lot of ot This is cool book on the human concept of death and the afterlife. Every page is a picture and a brief description about the picture, the concept, and its place in history. The book starts from the days of prehistoric man and finishes in today's modern world. There was some great artwork depictions of the the concepts to include: Heaven, Hell/Hades, resurrection, necromancy, burial mounds, gravestones, euthanasia, autopsy, the electric chair, CPR, embalming, 'Do Not Resuscitate', and a lot of other interesting subjects. A beautifully crafted book full of information. However the information is very basic and merely introduces the reader to a new subject.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was drawn to this book because of the cover though not the one shown with the two female skeletons. It is a great book almost like an encyclopedia though the subjects are not alphabatized but by dates. The subjects include art, religion, customs, science, history, and so much more. Though I enjoyed this book I do recommend not reading it from cover to cover without a few breaks since it is a lot to take in.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma Sea

    Squee! Look what just arrived. The cover is all textured and prettied with gold, and the endpapers are gorgeous.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    I went to visit the Museum of Death in Los Angeles once—the very definition of thanotourism as explained in this book, in fact!. What I’d expected to be an intriguing collection of death rituals and funerary objects actually turned out to be a voyeuristic display glamorising serial killers and the goriest, absolute worst ways people can die (I do not recommend it—I found it very disrespectful and not at all death-positive). This book is more what I expected that museum to be; this is a beautiful I went to visit the Museum of Death in Los Angeles once—the very definition of thanotourism as explained in this book, in fact!. What I’d expected to be an intriguing collection of death rituals and funerary objects actually turned out to be a voyeuristic display glamorising serial killers and the goriest, absolute worst ways people can die (I do not recommend it—I found it very disrespectful and not at all death-positive). This book is more what I expected that museum to be; this is a beautiful anthology concerning death, the afterlife and all its forms—though as others have noted, very much with heavy focus on a western perspective, which is a shame. Each turn of the page shows an image, followed by a few paragraphs concerning the subject of that image. Example subjects include: cremation, coffins, epitaphs, Gilgamesh, Yama, burial mounds, premature burial, sin-eaters, Edgar Allan Poe, guillotines, kamikaze pilots, CPR, DNR, transhumanism and quantum resurrection... I’ve barely scratched the surface! Personally, I thought there were a few important topics missing (lynching, cannibalism, composting) but I suppose it would be impossible to truly cover everything! You’ll never find anything more than summaries throughout this book, though the author does make clear his intentions at the start, and provides further suggested reading should you wish to know more. There are lots of thought-provoking subjects here, particularly towards the end of the book when Pickover focuses on the advances of modern science and quantum theory—a little deep for my Friday afternoon commute but very, very interesting! Another notable thing to comment on: this is a very aesthetically pleasing book—leather-bound and gilded with thick, heavy, full-colour matte pages that one can just pick up, flick through and land on a random page to learn something new. It’s a good coffee table book; something you can leave on your table for guests to pick up and muse over... because they will! I got so many comments and questions from strangers and colleagues when reading this book in public. It has a very striking cover and title. Overall, a good entry-level book if you’re not sure where to start when tackling the subject of death, or are just looking to flick through something for inspiration.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trang

    Don't judge a book by its admittedly cool cover! It starts off interesting but then it gets really.. bland? It's more geared towards middle schoolers than adults. And there's a part that said "that's all folks!" was Porky Pig's catchphrase lol Don't judge a book by its admittedly cool cover! It starts off interesting but then it gets really.. bland? It's more geared towards middle schoolers than adults. And there's a part that said "that's all folks!" was Porky Pig's catchphrase lol

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I liked EVERYTHING about this book. The cover was great, the pages were thick and easy to turn, huge pictures (page-sized) on every left side--text on the right and . . . OH, the text was super interesting too! Fantastic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    It's good, but the meandering off into faux-science speculation near the end was unnecessary. More history pls. It's good, but the meandering off into faux-science speculation near the end was unnecessary. More history pls.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Agape

    It's a beautiful book, something cool to have on your coffee-table. Awesome selection of artwork and illustrations. However, if you intend to read it, I'd say it's not worth it. Each subject is only a few paragraphs long, which makes it completely inadequate and too vague and generic, as it doesn't offer much information about anything. So the purpose of this book is strictly ''decorative''. It's a beautiful book, something cool to have on your coffee-table. Awesome selection of artwork and illustrations. However, if you intend to read it, I'd say it's not worth it. Each subject is only a few paragraphs long, which makes it completely inadequate and too vague and generic, as it doesn't offer much information about anything. So the purpose of this book is strictly ''decorative''.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma Helvete

    We are living in a society where everyone is disconnected from death, it became a topic people avoid and ignored, it seems so far away and surreal to us. However, death is such a natural thing that will eventually befall every single one of us, no matter the rich, the poor, no matter your loved ones nor your enemies, no one can escape death, not even the universe that we are living in itself. This book introduces everything about death, dying, and afterlife throughout human history. For people w We are living in a society where everyone is disconnected from death, it became a topic people avoid and ignored, it seems so far away and surreal to us. However, death is such a natural thing that will eventually befall every single one of us, no matter the rich, the poor, no matter your loved ones nor your enemies, no one can escape death, not even the universe that we are living in itself. This book introduces everything about death, dying, and afterlife throughout human history. For people who are fascinated by this topic, it is a great read to an open gate of all the information and stories you might be looking for. For people who fear death, or generally disconnected from it, this book is a good reminder to show how insignificant we are in front of the unknown and inevitable death.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Loren

    This was a lesson in not buying a book for its cover. It was shrink-wrapped in the store, so I was seduced by its subtitle promise of death "from cremation to quantum resurrection." Unfortunately, the text places more much emphasis on the afterlife, especially from a Western religious perspective. I was looking for a book about death and its aftermath, hoping to learn more about the newest technologies for disposing of human remains. Turns out this book was published in 2015, so it had nothing to This was a lesson in not buying a book for its cover. It was shrink-wrapped in the store, so I was seduced by its subtitle promise of death "from cremation to quantum resurrection." Unfortunately, the text places more much emphasis on the afterlife, especially from a Western religious perspective. I was looking for a book about death and its aftermath, hoping to learn more about the newest technologies for disposing of human remains. Turns out this book was published in 2015, so it had nothing to say about the topics that would have interested me most like human composting, promession, or aquamation. What it did have to say about death was all too familiar to me. Disappointing. I wonder if the book I wanted to read has been written yet.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    This was a great book to dip in and out of. The book covers a large number of topics and describes them in a way that make it easy for someone without background knowledge of the subject to understand. One of the best non fiction books I've read! This was a great book to dip in and out of. The book covers a large number of topics and describes them in a way that make it easy for someone without background knowledge of the subject to understand. One of the best non fiction books I've read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nym

    It's hard to review this book. It's essentially a history book, breaking up one large topic (death and the afterlife) into dozens of much smaller subtopics. Each sub topic is very bite-sized and easily digestible. Think of it as a tool for beginners. You get just enough information about the sub topic to entice you. After that, you'll need to do your own research on the sub topic outside of the book if it's one you're interested in, because the book only provides you with a limited one-page summ It's hard to review this book. It's essentially a history book, breaking up one large topic (death and the afterlife) into dozens of much smaller subtopics. Each sub topic is very bite-sized and easily digestible. Think of it as a tool for beginners. You get just enough information about the sub topic to entice you. After that, you'll need to do your own research on the sub topic outside of the book if it's one you're interested in, because the book only provides you with a limited one-page summary of the sub topic. Often this is very basic information, good for those just learning about the topic. These sub topics range from - as the book's title suggests - cremation to quantum resurrection, with everything in between like the Egyptian Book of the Dead, reincarnation, autopsies, abortion, Yama, genocide, moths, obituaries, Ophelia, etc. It really covers a broad range of information. I found it interesting because if I liked one of the topics, I could make a note of that so I can do further research into the topic outside of this book. But because it covers such a broad spectrum of ideas, you may not learn as much as you would in a more specialized book, especially if you are already familiar with the sub topic. Each sub topic is accompanied by an image to go with it, which in part is what makes the book feel beautiful, unique, and far from stale, as books on history can sometimes unfortunately be. I'd recommend it to those fascinated by death and the afterlife. It covers perspectives and topics from a broad range of cultures and it reads very quickly.

  13. 5 out of 5

    aja

    while unfortunately very western-centric (this isn't to say that there aren't a lot of entries about non-western concepts and reactions to death, just that the western entries vastly outnumbered them), this was a highly enjoyable read. lots of great little factoids about anything and everything related to death through human history. each entry is a page long, so don't expect anything to go into too much depth. it's organized by approximate date; things get a bit less exciting once we hit the 19 while unfortunately very western-centric (this isn't to say that there aren't a lot of entries about non-western concepts and reactions to death, just that the western entries vastly outnumbered them), this was a highly enjoyable read. lots of great little factoids about anything and everything related to death through human history. each entry is a page long, so don't expect anything to go into too much depth. it's organized by approximate date; things get a bit less exciting once we hit the 1900s, but then we branch out into things like quantum immortality and quantum resurrection, which are weird & fun bits based on quantum physics, which was weird & fun, so those were pretty cool. also the cover is fucking GORGEOUS. (i chose an edition that's marked as an epub, but honestly it's hardcover??? just with this particular jacket design.)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Siri Olsen

    This book seems to have been made for me and mine, summarizing in an easily read way the many beliefs, practices, texts, discoveries and creatures associated with death and the afterlife all the way from the oldest practices reaching back thousands of years to post-modern philosophical debates. Ideas and beliefs from all over the world and nearly all major cultures are covered. Each topic is followed by some suggested books to read to find out more about that particular subject. In short, the pe This book seems to have been made for me and mine, summarizing in an easily read way the many beliefs, practices, texts, discoveries and creatures associated with death and the afterlife all the way from the oldest practices reaching back thousands of years to post-modern philosophical debates. Ideas and beliefs from all over the world and nearly all major cultures are covered. Each topic is followed by some suggested books to read to find out more about that particular subject. In short, the perfect book for me and one of my favourite reads in quite a while.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Loureiro

    "Death and the Afterlife" is a fascinating read. It is constructed of short chapters dealing with a particular subject. Each one is meant to get you thinking. Unfortunately it does not have much detail, but once something has stirred your intellect you can do more research. The book shows you the standard stuff like vampires, golems, and witches. Then some of the newer thought of more recent times like quantum immortality. Throughout the book there is page after page of beautiful artwork. In the "Death and the Afterlife" is a fascinating read. It is constructed of short chapters dealing with a particular subject. Each one is meant to get you thinking. Unfortunately it does not have much detail, but once something has stirred your intellect you can do more research. The book shows you the standard stuff like vampires, golems, and witches. Then some of the newer thought of more recent times like quantum immortality. Throughout the book there is page after page of beautiful artwork. In the back of the book are notes, references, and an index

  16. 5 out of 5

    Goth Girl Reads

    This is a really fascinating, fun book that is a great overview about pretty much anything and everything you could possibly want to know about the history of death and it's traditions. The only disappointing thing about this book is fact every subject discussed is very brief and void of deatail. But it's almost excusable due to the sheer amount of content even a death-aficionado like myself may not think to include. This is a really fascinating, fun book that is a great overview about pretty much anything and everything you could possibly want to know about the history of death and it's traditions. The only disappointing thing about this book is fact every subject discussed is very brief and void of deatail. But it's almost excusable due to the sheer amount of content even a death-aficionado like myself may not think to include.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily Donnelly

    I absolutely LOVED this book! A small taste of many subjects in the realm of death, drying, and the afterlife! It's a great coffee table book for the Macabre-inclined folks, and it is an excellent "Read on entry and put it back down" book. Each entry, and accompanying photo, certainly sparked my imagination and my passion for learning. I absolutely LOVED this book! A small taste of many subjects in the realm of death, drying, and the afterlife! It's a great coffee table book for the Macabre-inclined folks, and it is an excellent "Read on entry and put it back down" book. Each entry, and accompanying photo, certainly sparked my imagination and my passion for learning.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This one was a little different from Pickovers other books, and at times it got a little weird. However, I suppose with the subject matter, a book like this should be a little weird. Lots of interesting tidbits from many, many different disciplines; a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Many entries covering different cultures, different media such as books and paintings and different phenomena. Many of the entries were very thought-provoking and left me with many thoughts and questions. Entries were short which is the only problem I have with this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daniela Pérez Nava

    Very beautiful edition. This book has the basics for everyone who's interested in the death culture. But that's it. Just the basics. This is a beautiful, simple dictionary for a general audience. Nice. Very beautiful edition. This book has the basics for everyone who's interested in the death culture. But that's it. Just the basics. This is a beautiful, simple dictionary for a general audience. Nice.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Imogen

    This is a fantastic book, lots of interesting details I had never read about before. It‘s also a beautifully presented book to have on the shelf. I will definitely pick it back up on occasion to reread here and there.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Williams

    Death and the Afterlife: A Chronological Journey from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection is a fantastic book about the history of death rituals, Myths and technology. The hard copy cover is gloriously guilded.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Oh I really enjoyed this book. Short chapters that are full of facts and pictures. I found it educational. Excellent read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barry D.

    Highlights on interesting topics. Shallow but a great reference point for ideas and concepts. It’s a beautiful book, best on a shelf that can be retrieved and referred to later.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Drucilla

    An interesting coffee table book. Though while it did introduce me to a few new places/concepts/things, there were definitely some entries where it was a stretch to connect it to death.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Masha Romanoff

    Beautiful edition, really interesting topics and because of the "encyclopedia" type of format is very easy to read. Beautiful edition, really interesting topics and because of the "encyclopedia" type of format is very easy to read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gianella

    Entertaining book with interesting photos and information.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JCUZZ

    Loaded with Fun & Creepy topics. Just touching basic information, left me needing to aquire more knowledge on a lot of the topics found in Death & The Afterlife!¡

  29. 5 out of 5

    ThePagemaster

    Death and the Afterlife is a must have in any dedicated metalhead’s bookshelf. The cover alone is a good enough reason to buy it, and it is filled with powerful imagery. The visual components of the book is in my opinion the best thing about it. It’s more of a souvenir than a thumping good read. It doesn’t mean the content isn’t good though. It is, but the reader never gets enough information on one single topic. Rather, the book’s setup is that one page is alotted to each subject, every one of Death and the Afterlife is a must have in any dedicated metalhead’s bookshelf. The cover alone is a good enough reason to buy it, and it is filled with powerful imagery. The visual components of the book is in my opinion the best thing about it. It’s more of a souvenir than a thumping good read. It doesn’t mean the content isn’t good though. It is, but the reader never gets enough information on one single topic. Rather, the book’s setup is that one page is alotted to each subject, every one of which comes with a relevant and often majestically macabre image. This is a book that is great to have in your backpack whenever the mood gets a little bit too cheerful in one’s immediate social environment. Bring it to work, to your local party, or to your soon to be deceased grandmother. 3 brazen bulls out of 5.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rosalinda Sepeda

    Awesome! many different topics that caught my attention, rather it be true or fiction and that some lead to the making of a movie.

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