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Oliver Sacks

· The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks · Oliver Sacks: On The Move. A Life · Bill HAYES: Insomniac City. New York, Oliver, and Me · IN MEMORIAM NEUROLOOG EN SCHRIJVER: OLIVER SACKS (1933 – 2015)

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

From the best-selling author of Gratitude, On the Move, and Musicophilia, a collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks’s passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience.

Oliver Sacks, a scientist and a storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars) in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders–autism, Tourette’s syndrome, face blindness, savant syndrome.

He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable and strange encounters and experiences that shaped him (Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude).

Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology.

The River of Consciousness is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.

Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen’s College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco’s Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York.

Familiar to the readers of The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, Dr. Sacks spent more than fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients.

The New York Times referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine,” and over the years he received many awards, including honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal College of Physicians. His memoir On the Move was published shortly before his death in August 2015.

The River of Consciousness
By Oliver Sacks
Hardcover
Oct 24, 2017
256 Pages
$27.00
Published by Knopf
5-1/2 x 8-3/8
ISBN 9780385352567

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Oliver Sacks: On The Move. A Life

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.”

It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy.

As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life.

With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions—weight lifting and swimming—also drives his cerebral passions.

He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists—Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick—who influenced him.

On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer—and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.

English:
On The Move:
A Life
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published: 2015
ISBN-10: 0385352549
ISBN-13: 9780385352543
Format: Hardcover

In Dutch:
Oliver Sacks:
Onderweg
Nederlands
Uitg. De Bezige Bij
Vertaald door
Otto Biersma & Luud Dorresteijn
432 pagina’s
Verschijningsjaar 2016
ISBN10 9023499484
ISBN13 9789023499480

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Bill HAYES: Insomniac City. New York, Oliver, and Me

“A beautifully written once-in-a-lifetime book, about love, about life, soul, and the wonderful loving genius Oliver Sacks, and New York, and laughter and all of creation.” – Anne Lamott

Bill Hayes came to New York City with a one-way ticket, all of his belongings, and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he wanted a change. Grieving over the recent death of his partner, Hayes discovered quickly that the city, however ruthless its reputation, can also be a profoundly consoling place.

Within the city’s incessant rhythms, Hayes found companionship in unlikely sources—in the tree branches framed by his apartment window, in the sight of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings against the night sky, and in New Yorkers themselves, those strangers who, striving side by side, sometimes turn to face one another. A lifelong insomniac, Hayes took to wandering the city at night with a camera, gazing up at skyscrapers, meandering through deserted parks, and having chance encounters with other sleepless city dwellers. And he fell in love again, against all expectations, with his friend and neighbor, Oliver Sacks.

The stories in Insomniac City are drawn together by Hayes’ generosity of spirit, and by his photographs of urbanites that find beauty even in the ordinary. Bookended by two painful losses in Hayes’ life, this memoir is both a meditation on grief and a celebration of ongoing life. It’s also a love song to the city—not just to New York, but to all cities, and to all who have felt the particular magic and solace they offer.

“Insomniac City is a beautiful memoir in which Oliver Sacks comes wonderfully to life–a double portrait that also provides a vivid picture of New York City’s neighborhoods and people. The ending is exquisitely wrought, heartrending and joyous.” – Joyce Carol Oates,

Title: Insomniac City
Subtitle: New York, Oliver, and Me
Author: Bill Hayes
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format Hardcover
ISBN-10 1620404931
ISBN-13 9781620404935
2017, 304 pp.

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IN MEMORIAM NEUROLOOG EN SCHRIJVER: OLIVER SACKS (1933 – 2015)

sacks201De bekende neuroloog en schrijver Oliver Sacks is op 30 augustus overleden in New York. Sacks maakte begin dit jaar bekend dat hij al geruime tijd ziek was.  Hij leed aan kanker.

Oliver Sacks is een van ’s werelds populairste schrijvers over neurologische onderwerpen. Een van zijn bekendste boeken is The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1985), waarin hij bijzondere neurologische afwijkingen beschreef. Zijn boek Awakenings (1973) werd in 1990 verfilmd, met Robin Williams als Oliver Sacks. Awakenings gaat over de tientallen overlevenden van de grote slaapziekte-epidemie in de jaren twintig, die Sacks aantrof in het Beth Abraham Hospital in de Bronx. Na een experimentele behandeling met L-dopa ‘ontwaken’ zijn patiënten uit hun lethargie. Sacks besluit om zijn bevindingen te publiceren als een verzameling gevalstudies. Zijn boek Awakenings zou ook over de hele wereld bekend worden.

Bibliografie
1970 Migraine – Migraine
1973 Awakenings – Ontwaken in verbijstering
1984 A leg to stand on – Een been om op te staan
sacks2021985 The man who mistook his wife for a hat – De man die zijn vrouw voor een hoed hield
1989 Seeing voices – Stemmen zien: reis naar de wereld van de doven
1995 Anthropologist on Mars – Een antropoloog op Mars
1997 The island of the colorblind – Het eiland der kleurenblinden
2001 Uncle Tungsten: memories of a chemical boyhood – Oom Wolfraam en mijn chemische jeugd
2002 Oaxaca journal – Mexicaans dagboek
2007 Musicophilia – Musicofilia

Oliver Wolf Sacks (Londen, 9 juli 1933 – New York, 30 augustus 2015)

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