The Last Owl

São Paulo: Marcos Wagner da Cunha (2013)

Marcos Wagner Da Cunha
Universidade de São Paulo
'The Last Owl' is a very singular novel built from interconnected poetic tales, culminating in an apocalyptic love. Its dense psychological symbolic plot intends to touch deep realms of the human condition. As for the title it relates to Hegel's phrase mentioning the Owl of Minerva, in which is stated that only when civilizations are nearing their ultimate decay, their final throes, is philosophy able to utter something substantial on what has been their history, because deepest truths about them may be caught only during they leave scene during their "dusk", that is, only in retrospect. Accordingly, Philosophers' pondering would address human history in a analogous way to the hunting owl's gaze while flying over fields at nightfall. Would a last 'Owl of Minerva' be already flying over mankind in this 21st century so obscured by dooming signs ?
Keywords Philosophical Novel  Magical Realism  Minerva's Owl, Hegel  Nietzsche  Freud  Nihilism  Eros and Thanatos
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