Private: Ramón ANDRÉS

Semper dolens. Historia del suicidio en Occidente

Acantilado, 2015 | Semper dolens. A History of Suicide in the West


“Ramón Andrés, a one-off in this country, is the author of highly readable and scholarly essays”. Carles Barba, La Vanguardia

“Andrés delves into the farthest reaches of time in his prolific and extremely wide-ranging historic examination of suicide, for suffering when faced with the inevitable prospect of death is inextricably linked to the emergence of consciousness, that mechanism in our brains able to foresee and, by extension, to represent our own end, and thus to ask ourselves questions”. Francisco Calvo Serraller, El País

“This brave, insightful book speaks not of devastation, but of men and women. Of strangeness. Of the elements. Of the void. Of deaths that only make sense due to life itself”. Antonio Lucas, El Mundo

“Among the most inimitable voices in contemporary Spanish essay-writing”. Iker Seisdedos, El País

Semper dolens, a painstaking account of how “voluntary death” has been understood, judged and exercised in our culture is (let’s make no bones about it) a work of staggering scholarship.” Rafael Nuñez Florencio, El Cultural

“Ramón Andrés delves deep into the history of suicide with admirable skill.” Álvaro Colomer, La Vanguardia

“The depth of Ramón Andrés’ learning is astounding.” Luis Fernando Moreno Claros, El País

“With equal rigour, Andrés explore literary works concerning suicide and statistical or historical documents, offering a far-reaching overview of the subject.” Toni Montesinos, La Razón

“Only a view of the subject unblinkered by prejudice can hope to do justice to one of the core aspects of our culture. An extraordinary book.” Patricio Pron, Letras Libres

“Semper dolens is, above all else, a book about the complexity of life, a beautifully written book, a book that is truly unmissable.” Sara Mesa, Estado Crítico

“Far from controversy-seeking musings, Andrés has written a well-researched, insightful and respectful discourse that speaks openly and with a lightness of touch of physical and moral suffering as an essential part of human life”. Ignacio F. Garmendia, Mercurio


(Semper dolens. A History of Suicide in the West) Thought of for many centuries (in line with the Classical school of thought) as an exercise in freedom, or even as a release, the psychiatry of the last few decades has reduced suicide to its current status as a mere pathology. And yet this reductive approach has side-lined what is one of the core elements of human experience; pain. With a delicate touch and a depth of understanding, this extraordinary essay speaks to our condition as humans; to the various guises our fragility takes.