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1. The Aesthetics of Resistance,
2. The Persecution and Assassination
3. marat/sade
4. Holderlin: A Play in Two Acts
5. Peter Fischli & David Weiss:
6. The Investigation
7. Exile;: A novel (A Seymour Lawrence
8. Peter Fischli & David Weiss:
9. Peter Fischli & David Weiss
10. The New Trial
11. Peter Fischli and David Weiss:
12. More Health, Less Care: How to
13. Peter Fischli & David Weiss:
14. Peter Weiss und der Surrealismus:
15. Hinter jedem Wort die Gefahr des
16. Peter Weiss: Werk und Wirkung
17. Understanding Peter Weiss (Understanding
18. Peter Fischli, David Weiss (Galeries
19. Balsa wood craft
20. Peter Weiss zur Einfuhrung (German

1. The Aesthetics of Resistance, Volume 1: A Novel
by Peter Weiss
Paperback: 376 Pages (2005-01-01)
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A major literary event, the publication of this masterful translation makes one of the towering works of twentieth-century German literature available to English-speaking readers for the first time. The three-volume novel The Aesthetics of Resistance is the magnum opus of Peter Weiss, the internationally renowned dramatist best known for his play Marat/Sade. The first volume, presented here, was initially published in Germany in 1975; the third and final volume in 1981, just six months before Weiss's death.

Spanning from the late 1930s into World War II, this historical novel dramatizes anti-fascist resistance and the rise and fall of proletarian political parties in Europe. Living in Berlin in 1937, the unnamed narrator and his peers--sixteen and seventeen-year-old working-class students--seek ways to express their hatred for the Nazi regime. They meet in museums and galleries, and in their discussions they explore the affinity between political resistance and art, the connection at the heart of Weiss's novel. Weiss suggests that meaning lies in the refusal of humans to renounce resistance, no matter how intense the oppression, and that it is in art that new models of political action and social understanding are to be found. The novel includes extended meditations on paintings, sculpture, and literature. Moving from the Berlin underground to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War and on to other parts of Europe, the story teems with characters, almost all of whom based on historical figures. The Aesthetics of Resistance is one of the truly great works of postwar German literature and an essential resource for understanding twentieth-century German history. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Author with Asperger's Disease?
This is not really a novel.It is 317 pages of endlessly detailed descriptions that prevent the development of any possible connection between reader and characters.There is no dialogue, all is narrative.There are no paragraphs, words simply run down every inch of every page like an ink spill.It reminds me of the writings of a very bright person with asperger's: he can give you a fantastic account of everything in the room, as well as everything that was in the room yesterday, 50 years ago and, quite possibly, during pre-history-- pausing midway only to tell you on which day of the week you were born.At first, you are thrilled and amazed by the exercise. But when all is said and done, you realize that you have no real sense of the people described. The experience leaves you feeling cold and empty.

5-0 out of 5 stars it's about time this got translated
I agree with the first reviewer: this is one of the great books of the 20th century. Also an excellent translator. As for the question about the other volumes: this one only took 30 years to get translated! It's not likely to be a big hit in the English-speaking market; too Marxist, I suppose. Thanks to Duke Univ. Press for making this volume available.I have to think that if they're going to go ahead and call this volume 1, then vols. 2 & 3 must be forthcoming.

5-0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming
This is a staggering, amazing novel -- I scarcely know what to say beyond that -- but i was hoping someone could help me find out when further volumes are to be expected. ... Read more

2. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of The Marquis de Sade (or Marat Sade)
by Peter Weiss
Paperback: 128 Pages (2001-12-01)
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This extraordinary play, which swept Europe before coming toAmerica, is based on two historical truths: the infamous Marquis de Sade was confined in the lunatic asylum of Charenton, where he staged plays; and the revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed in a bathtub by Charlotte Cordayat the height of the Terror during the French Revolution. But this play-within-a-play is not historical drama. Its thought is as modern as today's police states and The Bomb; its theatrical impact has everywhere been called a majorinnovation. It is total theatre: philosophically problematic, visually terrifying. It engages the eye, the ear, and the mind with every imaginable dramatic device,technique, and stage picture, even including song and dance. All the forces and elements possible to the stage are fused in one overwhelming experience. This is theatre such as has rarely been seen before. The play is basically concerned with the problem of revolution. Are the same things true for the masses and for their leaders? And where, in modern times, lie the borderlines of sanity? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars buy this
This is one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century.Read it.If you can find a DVD of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of it with Glenda Jackson as Charlotte Corday, but it.If you are a composer, make an opera out of it.It is a wonderful, terrible, terrifying piece of theater, and when Corday remarks regarding the guillotine, "They say, when the head is cut from the body...", it is one of the most frightening, wonderful stage moments in history, up there with Williams, with Brecht.Hell, with Marlowe and Shakespeare.

4-0 out of 5 stars Different From the UK Edition
While certainly a brilliant play, I should mention that this edition differs slightly from the edition I used while in the United Kingdom.Aside from the typical spelling changes, certain words were changed slightly in meaning (Coulmier's "This is outright defeatism!" vs. "...outright pacifism!").The biggest crime, however, was a drastic reduction of the final scene.

The UK edition features an extended Epilogue, including an explanation from Sade, the "resurrection" and counter-explanation of Marat, and a giant poster of Napoleon during the parade scene.In this edition, some of the Herald's lines were given to Coulmier to apparently bridge the gap.

All of the descriptions, introductions, notes, and even inclusion of musical scores remain identical.If given a choice, I would certainly look for that edition, as it is somewhat more fulfilling.(It features a standard black & white cover with no pink trim)

5-0 out of 5 stars THE TITLE SAYS A LOT
I found the title of Peter Weiss's play so interesting that I bought his play on an impulse.I half expected it to be unreadably pretentious, but in fact I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would love to see it actually performed, but I live over a thousand miles from where that might be happening.One advantage of reading the play is that the author's comments are available.

I knew very little beyond the superficial about Sade or Marat, so I was somewhat surprised to discover that Sade actually wrote plays while confined in Charenton that were performed by the inmates, and that Marat was a scientist who expressed ideas well ahead of his time.I was inspired to learn more about Marat, so I read his essay ARE WE UNDONE, in which he urges:"The cutting off of five or six hundred heads would have guaranteed your peace, liberty and happiness."In the play he justifies this savagery by insisting (p. 113):"We do not murder we kill in self-defence."(It might very well be our beloved president speaking).If Marat was made the scapegoat for the Reign of Terror, it was not without foundation.

Weiss writes that what interested him "in bringing Sade and Marat together was the conflict between an individualism carried to extreme lengths and the idea of a political and social upheaval.Speaking to Marat, Sade says (p. 131), "these cells of the inner self are worse than the deepest stone dungeon as long as they are locked all your Revolution remains only a prison mutiny to be put down by corrupted fellow-prisoners."This dovetails interestingly with Sade's comment to his wife when she complained that one could not approve of his mode of thought (p. 147): "My mode of thought is the result of my reflections, it is a part of my life, of my own nature.It is not in my power to alter it, and if it were in my power I should not do it."This brings to mind Schopenhauer's reflection that "You can do what you want, but you cannot want what you want."Thus do Sade and Marat imprison themselves within their own grubby little minds.Sade claims, in this play at least, (p.72), "In a criminal society I dug the criminal out of myself so I could understand him and so understand the times we live in."His mode of thought makes this sort of understanding improbable.

However, as with all pessimistic assertions, this is not really true.With just a moment's honest reflection it is obvious enough that most of what makes up our "nature" is purely haphazard, and our "reflections" are just an obsessive rehashing of petty grievances and sexual fantasies that that we come to mistake for our true nature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Provocative and Mind Stimulating Material
Maybe you have seen the film Quills and it has sparked an interest in you about the Marquis de Sade. Or maybe you are a history buff and are interested in the time of the French revolution, or perhaps you just love a really good thought-provoking play. If any of those things holds your interest you are in for a really marvelous read. 'The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat as performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under The Direction of Marquis de Sade"(by Peter Weiss) is the full title of this book, but is AKA "Marat/Sade" and various editions may be found under either title. The edition I am reviewing is the English version(original is German) by Geoffrey Skelton.

So Marat/Sade is a play within a play with definite messages concerning "Revolution" and the effects on both the masses and the leaders. The setting is a fictional one, but uses the basis of historical events and characters to tell the story. The play inside this play is written and produced by Sade and performed by the inmates of Charenton where he spent so many years imprisoned for his writing, considered socially unacceptable and outrageous. The year it is being performed is 1808 but the events surrounding the story are happening on July 13, 1793, the day Charlotte Corday stabbed Jean-Paul Marat.

It is the day of the assassination. Marat, Sade, Corday,and political activists of the time argue back and forth about the reasoning and atrocities surrounding the Revolution and the state of Terror. The points going back and forth(sometimes in song) has the inmates(the rest of the cast), being easily swayed and worked up into a state of frenzy, all the while building to the stabbing. What is morally right and wrong? Heads are rolling - literally - who are the sane ones here - are the inmates running the asylum - so to speak?Even Columier(progressive director of the institution and supporter of freedom in arts)has trouble with the play when he feels it goes to far against the establishment.

This book, first published in 1965 grasps not only the horrific events of the 18th century, it is also certainly a statement on the international events of the 1960's. It will still provoke thought and may translate to some of the atrocities going on in the world today. Author Peter Weiss, seems to have really gotten into the heads of Sade, Marat and the others giving intellectual and provocative dialogue to the players. The scenes are well set for the stage, and excellent descriptions are given for each character making it very easy to visualize the entire play.

The books includes character descriptions - even down to subtle items in the wardrobe that would distinguish their roles, author's note on the historical background of the play,the music and words to the songs, and a brief bio of Weiss. I don't speak German(the 2 semesters I took in college nearly 40 years ago is long forgotten), but I have to say I don't feel like anything was lost in the translation of this play.

I would highly recommend this play to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, politics, infamous characters, and even if you are part of an acting group looking for an interesting and provocative play, you should have a look at this one.

This is a keeper and one to be read repeated times...enjoy the read...Laurie

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5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful
I first heard of this play around 30 years ago when it was performed by the upper classes of my school in England. I never forgot it and decided recently to purchase the play and to read it.
The story takes place in an insane asylum in France around the time of the French Revolution, where The Marquis de Sade was kept for a number of years. He wrote a play about the revolutionary - Jean-Paul Marat, which was performed by the inmates of the asylum.
However, the play is much more than that. It really is a commentary about about how people behave toward one another during terrible periods of time.
I think it is a remarkable play - sometimes a little horrifying - but very well worth while picking up to read. I whole heartedly recommend it. ... Read more

3. marat/sade
by Peter Weiss
 Paperback: Pages (1970)
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4. Holderlin: A Play in Two Acts (SB-The German List)
by Peter Weiss
Paperback: 172 Pages (2010-12-15)
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The work of German poet Frederich Hölderlin (1770–1843) has inspired countless poets and philosophers from Paul Celan to Rainer Maria Rilke to Martin Heidegger and Friedrich Nietzsche. Yet, despite the international renown and respect his hymns and elegies have since earned for their lyric style and innovative approach to Greek myth, his work was not widely celebrated during his lifetime. Diagnosed with a severe case of hypochondria at a young age, he was beset by mental illness for much of his life, living the final decades in the care of a carpenter.

      In Hölderlin, distinguished German playwright Peter Weiss brings to the page the life and times of one of Germany’s greatest poets. Like Trotsky in Exile, Hölderlin presents a biography in the form of a two-act drama. Following its opening in 1971 in Stuttgart, the play was staged numerous times in Germany and Switzerland, and as Robert Cohen explains in his introduction, it was “greeted by accolades as well as by intense criticism since Weiss had dared to revise the image of one of the great heroic figures of German Culture.” Weiss explains that he was motivated “to describe something of the conflict that arises in a person who suffers to the point of madness from the injustices, the humiliations in his society, who completely supports the revolutionary upheavals, and yet does not find the praxis with which the misery can be remedied.”

      The resulting dramatic biography is as captivating and divisive today as it was forty years ago, and it has yet to be matched by any other biographic treatment of Hölderlin. Presented here for the first time in English, Weiss’s play is a lyrical investigation of the intense and influential poems of Hölderlin and the turbulent life behind them.

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5. Peter Fischli & David Weiss: Fotografias
by Peter Fischli
Paperback: 96 Pages (2006-03-01)
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Long before Peter Fischli and David Weiss made Fotografias, Nancy Spector had noted that the two liked to ìundermine conventional distinctions between high and low art.î This collection of underexposed black-and-white images does exactly that, recreating low-end figurative paintings as muddy, dark, snapshots and minting them anew as fine art. Subjects include landscapes and historical scenes, animal and mythological beings, and, yes, female figures. ... Read more

6. The Investigation
by Peter Weiss
Paperback: 160 Pages (2000-07-01)
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The Investigation is a dramatic reconstruction of the Frankfurt War Crimes trials, based on the actual evidence given. This testimony, concerning Auschwitz and the atrocities which were enacted there, has been edited and extracted by Peter Weiss into a dramatic document that relies solely and completely on the facts for its effectiveness.

There is no artistic license, no manipulation of facts and figures, no rearrangement of events for theatrical effect. Nameless witnesses stand and recall their appalling memories of Auschwitz, allowing us to bear witness to their painful and painstaking search for truth and, ultimately, justice. What emerges is a chastening and purging documentary of deeply moving power.

Peter Weiss was born in 1916 and settled in Sweden before the outbreak of World War II. Apart from his writing, he was also well known as a painter, theatrical and operatic director, and a film maker. His magnificent play Marat/Sade, which is also available from Marion Boyars Publishers, established his reputation among English-speakling audiences as a revolutionary dramatist, and has continued to be a bestselling classic. He died in 1982.
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I've wanted to direct Peter Weiss's The Investigation since I first read it in translation in the mid-sixties. Weiss is better known for his brilliant Marat/Sade, a reinterpretation of the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday as staged by the marquis de Sade with the inmates of the mental asylum at Charenton.It's an awesome play.

But The Investigation in its own way is as revolutionary as Marat/Sade. More germane to my concerns, it's fairly easily adaptable to Readers' Theater. The play is presented as a series of eleven "Songs." (They aren't sung songs, but rather prose -talked--songs. It's Brecht-Talk to call them "Songs".) Each song/scene details some aspect of the atrocities committed upon the prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Most, perhaps all, of the text of the play is taken verbatim from the transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials (November 20, 1945, to October 1, 1946), which tried German war criminals. If the parts in the play were not double-cast, it would require twenty-eight actors (two of them women). The play is also too long: it would have to be shortened.

The dialogue is chilling, made even the more so by being presented in so low a key. There's almost no action: witnesses ascend and leave the witness stand, the prosecuting attorney and the defense counsel wrangle before the judge. Some functionaries who collaborated in maintaining the camp system are called as witnesses. All of them deny knowledge of what took place, even of what they could read in account books or see from the windows of their workrooms. The accused are monsters, whether on the stand testifying or simply acting the boor in their seats. The bulk of the witnesses are the former prisoners: a woman forced to work as secretary for a Nazi boss who likes to beat prisoners to death, a political partisan subjected to torture and himself beaten near to death, mothers separated from husbands and children, never to hear of them again.

It's great theater. I'm considering it for a local Readers' Theater and I think it would work: the characters can be doubled to keep the cast size in bounds, there's no set to worry about and there's enough overlap to permit cutting. That's essential, because the play is quite long at 313 pages in print but the message cannot be weakened.

I have two concerns. The first is the emotional charge the testimony delivers. It's far from cocktail theater. People may experience feelings they'd rather not feel on an afternoon or evening entertainment junket. The second is whether the play is dated now: will its moral urgency seem out of date when expended on an injustice now sixty-five years past

5-0 out of 5 stars The absolute best and absolute worst play I've ever done.
Not meant for anyone younger than 18.But definitely a play that every single person on the planet should experience.If nothing else, it will remind you of how dangerous the world can be if we don't take care of each other, and what will happen again if we continue to turn our backs on the horrors that still go on today.
As an actor who has had the opportunity to perform a production of 'The Investigation' I offer a word of warning.This play will upset you, anger you, and destroy you.Merely reading the words on the page is bad enough, performing them - trying to re-emulate what really happened turns you inside out.As my director said - 'You'll be glad you did this, you'll be even gladder when it's over'.What is contained within the pages of this play is the human condition at it's absolute worse.You read about the ones who survived - and what they had to do in order to survive, and you read about those who were just 'following orders'.And the question you ask yourself when you are finished reading this is not 'What would I have done?', but, 'Would I have survived?'

5-0 out of 5 stars unforgettable
One of the most powerful readings of my life. I'd never heard of Weiss though I knew about the holocaust. Thinking of the death of millions of jews, gypsies, communists, mentally retarded and other 'undesirables' is always hard. A Series of Cantos from the transcripts of trials of Nazis in Germany after WWII. Weiss focuseson inviduals from this mass of innocent victims producing a tale to chill the heart, make any human cry and fill up with rage at the same time. The monstrous nazis have no shame or sense of guilt. Those who have survived the butchery give their case to the derision of those in the dock. Prosiac in language, overwhelming in tragedy. The sadistic ... Nazis are exposed. The simple humanism of their victims is eloquent and the reading is unforgettable ... Read more

7. Exile;: A novel (A Seymour Lawrence book)
by Peter Weiss
 Hardcover: 245 Pages (1968)

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8. Peter Fischli & David Weiss: Will Happiness Find Me?
by Peter Fischli
Paperback: 168 Pages (2003-08-02)
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Asin: 3883757233
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An artist's book by the renowned Swiss duo dedicated to the questions that everyone asks themselves once in a while: Can something be unbelievable? Should I get drunk? Could I be Japanese? Is the freedom of birds overrated? Am I a farmer in winter? Does unease grow by itself? Should I crawl into my bed and stop producing things all the time?

Paperback, 4 x 5.75 in./168 pgs / Illustrated throughout. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
What I like the most about this little book is how little and big questions can be mixed together and make those philosophical questions sound not so philosophical, but most important, those banal questions, for a second don't sound so banal...

5-0 out of 5 stars Oddly Innocent
"Should I leave reality in peace?"This little black book of one liners is sweet, fun, and cannot be used as one liners by the pretentious.It brings out smiling insight by making unclear and larger what we have unconsciously assumed is clear.We are reminded how funny we are inside our heads."Is the nice thing about working that there's no time left?"It makes a great little gift that can be humorous and perhaps thought provoking.If you can't laugh at your own internal processes, stay away.

3-0 out of 5 stars have i never been completely awake?
This book is great. Literature? I don't really think so. It's not a blog either by any means, but it IS a story. I have been eyeing this book at museum gift shops for ages now, and I finally bought it, and it REALLY is difficult to put down after you get started. Things you've thought half conciously, or conciously, and then discarded in a moment, they put in print and make you seriously consider the question.

Is hunger an emotion?
Is there a secret tunnel that leads directly to the kitchen?

3-0 out of 5 stars Is it art or literature?
This is a very quirky little publication; it is hard to say if it is art of literature, possibly it is both, as there is a visually artistic core to it. It is certainly not to be read cover to cover but is interesting to dip into to find a thought-provoking or simply amusing question at random. It is full of such, and sometimes the writing is crossed out or inserted for interesting artistic statement. The book is beautifully and starkly presented, with two questions per page in scrawled white writing on black, shiny paper. It is a very interesting piece of art for the coffee table, though perhaps not an endlessly readable and entertaining book. Worth having, though perhaps the price isnt justified. ... Read more

9. Peter Fischli & David Weiss (Contemporary Artists (Phaidon))
by Robert Fleck, Beate Soentgen, Arthur C. Danto
Paperback: 160 Pages (2005-11-01)
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Peter Fischli and David Weiss are a Swiss artistic duo who first began working together in the late 1970s. Their internationally renowned sculpture, video and photographic works look at everyday life and its conceptions of beauty and pleasure, forming an innocent, unpredictable world utterly unique in contemporary art.

Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ work has been seen at such key international exhibitions as documenta 8 (1987) and X (1997), the Biennales of Sydney (1990, 1998) and Sao Paulo (1989) and the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1988), among many others. This is the first true monograph on this extraordinary pair, who will have a major retrospective of their work at the Tate Modern, London (2005-6). ... Read more

10. The New Trial
by Peter Weiss
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2001-01-01)
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The New Trial is Peter Weiss’s final drama, completed only months before his death in 1982 and never before published in English. One of Europe’s most important twentieth century playwrights—often considered as influential as Brecht and Beckett—Weiss is best known to American audiences as the author of the Broadway play Marat/Sade and the three-volume novel The Aesthetics of Resistance, which has elicited comparison with Joyce’s Ulysses and Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Initially influenced by Franz Kafka and later by the American Henry Miller, Weiss worked to expose the hypocrisy, the deception, and the nature of aggression in the contemporary world.

A transformative “updating” of Kafka’s novel The Trial, The New Trial presents a surreal, hallucinatory look at the life of “Josef K.,” chief attorney in an enormous multinational firm that exploits both his idealism and his self-doubt in order to present to the world a public face that will mask its own dark and fascistic intentions. Fusing Marxist and capitalist perspectives in a manner that anticipates aspects of the current global market expansion, Weiss evokes a world in which nothing is private and everything is for sale.

This edition of The New Trial is designed to facilitate theatrical teaching and stage production of the play. An extensive introduction by James Rolleston and Kai Evers situates the work in the full context of Weiss’s life, including his Swedish exile during the regime of the Third Reich. In addition, the play’s text is followed by interviews with Weiss and his original codirector (and wife) Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss, as well as an account of the challenges of the first English staging by director Jody McAuliffe. ... Read more

11. Peter Fischli and David Weiss: In a Restless World
by Arthur C. Danto
 Paperback: 129 Pages (1996-05-02)
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12. More Health, Less Care: How to Take Charge of Your Medical Care and Write Your Own Personal Prescription for Lifelong Health
by Peter J. Weiss MD
Kindle Edition: 175 Pages (2010-04-14)
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Tackling the problems plaguing the U.S. health-care system, this accessible guide explores the pitfalls of contemporary medicine and medical treatments, concentrating on diseases linked to poor lifestyle choices, such as obesity and diabetes. While much of the health-care industry is centered on a blanket approach that addresses a general disease instead of the person affected by it, this guide suggests that personalization is the key to good health. It asserts that patients who make physical, emotional, and spiritual lifestyle changes to improve their diets, exercise regimens, and stress levels can help alleviate problems caused by lifestyle illnesses.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book For People With Chronic, Life-Style Illness
More Health, Less Care is a must-have book for anyone who is suffering from a chronic health condition such as hypertension, obesity, or diabetes, and who isn't getting better. Dr. Weiss explains why this isn't your fault and what you can do to turn things around. He blames the problem on the poor fit between traditional medical care and today's lifestyle illnesses which come from reduced physical activity, lots of time spent in front of screens, and diets high in sugar and unhealthy fats.

Under the traditionalmodel the doctor doesn't see his patient as a person or undertake a comprehensive inquiry into the patient's life to understand all the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual factors that may play a role in his illness. Rather, he spends 15 minutes with a patient, orders lab tests, identifies his "medical problem," and then attempts to fix his problem with a drug.

This approach makes the person with the illness completely passive and precludes him from playing an active and helpful role in figuring out why he's ill and what he can do to regain his health and wellbeing. Dr. Weiss advocates that people make a total commitment to their health and that they collaborate with their physician to develop a treatment plan which realistically addresses their unique issues. If you're obese because you have a very stressful job and you habitually engage in emotional over-eating to self-soothe, then being told to lose weight or being given a pill to reduce the hypertension from the obesity won't work.

Dr. Weiss stresses that all patients are different and that cookie-cutter approaches to hypertension, obesity and diabetes will fail. Some patients are and some are not prepared to stick to a plan that involves completely cutting out smoking or TV watching, cooking healthy meals and getting vigorous exercise. To get well you need to work with your doctor to lay out all the options and choose options you know you can handle. An effective health plan could include exercising more, getting more sleep, eating healthier foods, cutting out or reducing TV watching, cutting out or reducing junk food, cutting out or reducing alcohol consumption, or adopting stress reduction techniques such as walking, listening to music or meditation.

Dr. Weiss wisely advises us that no one can succeed on their own and that we will increase our chances of success by building a support network made up of family and friends to help us with things like quitting smoking or resisting that pint of ice cream. He tells us to forgive ourselves if we slip up by having too much wine, having one cigarette or eating a pint of ice cream. After all we're only human, and a commitment to health is a lifelong commitment on a very long journey. Better to forgive than to engage in self-hate and despair and go completely off the wagon.

Dr. Weiss finds it helpful to think of our alternatives in terms of vicious or virtuous cycle. In the vicious cycle negative thoughts and feelings interact and reinforce each other. In the virtuous cycle positive thoughts do the same. A vicious cycle can occur when a minor injury leads to less exercise, more comfort food eating, weight gain, loss of self-confidence and self-recrimination. A virtuous cycle occurs when more exercise takes off pounds and yields a more attractive, energetic body producing still greater resolve to eat healthy, exercise regularly and stay on track. We should be conscious of which cycle we're in at any given moment. Seeking honest feedback from trusted people helps. If we are in a vicious cycle, then seeking help from our support network will help get us back into a virtuous one.

More Health, Less Care is bursting with anecdotes and tips to help motivate you and guide you to overcome your hypertension, obesity and diabetes and regain your health. I strongly recommend you buy a copy, read it cover to cover and give your copy to a friend you care about who has similar issues.

5-0 out of 5 stars An important message for us all
This book is relevant to everyone and whateveryour level of health you will find thatreadingMore Health Less Care will give you the inspiration and encouragement you need to takeeven better care ofyourself. You will discover that you are far from powerless when it comes to taking control of your health and that improvement is always possible and worthwhile.

In his timely message, Dr Weissalsoinvites us tothink outside the box for our healthcare solutions, to engage in new and fulfilling health enhancing behavioursand to embrace the idea that it is our personal responsibility to take the best care of ourselves; doing whatever is necessary to avoid getting sick in the first place. When you read this book you will find a new desire awakening within you, the desire to experience a deeper level of wellnessand a renewed motivationfor good health.Who doesn't want that?

5-0 out of 5 stars Small book with a big message
More Health, Less Care by Peter J Weiss, M.D.

This small book is a huge gem.It is very refreshing to have a book written by a medical doctor who takes into account that people are not like cars; people do need to be treated holistically by the medical profession.We as patients also need to remove our dependence on the medical profession and the "magic" pills and to become responsible for our own health and well-being.And Dr Weiss provides a guide line as well as examples to help us to do that.
Dr Weiss encourages us to take into account not only our physical health, but also our emotional and spiritual health as well, because as many of us are aware, they are all intertwined.He strongly suggests that we write our own Personal Prescription for good health.Dr Weiss encourages us to gather a team to support us with our health goals - not just to rely on a doctor but friends, wellness coaches, pharmacists and other health professionals.He also suggests having an open mind and to look at alternatives.
Dr Weiss does encourage people to take a multi-vitamin (which is an excellent start to a nutritional program) I would also recomend that an advanced quality (nutriceuticals) multi-mineral, antioxidants and omega-3 are also added.A multi-vitamin on its own may be better than nothing but adding the others to the mix may make a bigger improvement.
Currently I have three people in my life who may benefit from reading this book, but I think only one of them is ready to make a change for the better.I was thinking of this one particular friend in the part of the book where Dr Weiss discusses willpower. This book also provides guidelines for Wellness Coaches to help their clients achieve their health goals.
By the end of the book you will have a full understanding of the meaning of the title. I read this book in one and a half hours because I am familiar with the concepts.The concepts may be new for many people so it is really helpful that Dr Weiss explains the how-to and he also provides examples of how these concepts can be put into practice.This a book that I am very pleased to have in my toolbox.
If you are ready to write your own Personal Precription for good health or know someone who is willing to make a change, you may wish to purchase More Health, Less Care. It could make a difference between living or dying.
More Health, Less Care: How to Take Charge of Your Medical Care and Write Your Own Personal Prescription for Lifelong Health.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take Charge of Your Own Health!
I have to agree with the other reviewers.This book is both easy to read and practical. It provides a step-by-step plan for taking charge of one's own health. Dr. Weiss eschews the traditional approach to self-help,telling people that they just need more will-power!Instead he provides practical advice on how to change one's own environment so that one can achieve better health.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Health, Less Care
Dr Weiss's inspiring book More Health, Less Care is a must read for anyone interested in achieving total health in mind, body and spirit. His down to earth style of writing is easy to read and each chapter offers new ways to make changes for better health.
Dr Weiss says, "Think of the book as a treasure map and your good health as the treasure."

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13. Peter Fischli & David Weiss: Ausfl ge, Arbeiten, Austellungen (Kunstwissenschaftliche Bibliothek)
by Peter Fischli
Paperback: 646 Pages (2007-03-01)
list price: US$72.00
Isbn: 3865600190
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Since the late 1970s, the Swiss conceptualists Fischli & Weiss have worked collaboratively to produce surprising, witty and oftentimes devious works in a range of media including sculpture, film, photography and installation. This comprehensive black-and-white index of the artists' work from the 1970s till 2003, with text in German only, contains a complete exhibition history, bibliography and filmography. It is an invaluable resource, and brings together an oeuvre influenced by Pop and Conceptual art, Dada and Surrealism that has always managed to defy categorization even while making a superbly deep impression. ... Read more

14. Peter Weiss und der Surrealismus: Poetische Verfahrensweisen in der "Asthetik des Widerstands" (Kulturwissenschaftliche Studien zur deutschen Literatur) (German Edition)
by Christian Bommert
 Perfect Paperback: 195 Pages (1991)

Isbn: 3531122037
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15. Hinter jedem Wort die Gefahr des Verstummens: Sprachproblematik und literarische Tradition in der "Asthetik des Widerstands" von Peter Weiss (Stuttgarter Arbeiten zur Germanistik) (German Edition)
 Perfect Paperback: 196 Pages (1988)

Isbn: 3880992053
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16. Peter Weiss: Werk und Wirkung (Sammlung Profile) (German Edition)
 Hardcover: 152 Pages (1987)

Isbn: 3416018370
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17. Understanding Peter Weiss (Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature)
by Robert Cohen
Hardcover: 206 Pages (1993-09-01)
list price: US$39.95 -- used & new: US$33.16
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Asin: 0872498980
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5-0 out of 5 stars Un interesante libro
No hay otro libro donde uno puede entender la mentalidad de Weiss, un dramaturgo que a través de sus obras nos muestradocumentos de guerras. El teatro documento, es una forma de mostrar esa realidad que muchos vivieron y otros no, denunciando los horrores de la guerra, moviendo la conciencia social mundial para que se conozcan estos crimenes, que hasta el día de hoy siguen y seguirán sucediendo. ... Read more

18. Peter Fischli, David Weiss (Galeries contemporaines)
by Peter Fischli, etc.
Hardcover: 94 Pages (1992-11)

Isbn: 2858507082
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19. Balsa wood craft
by Peter Weiss
 Hardcover: 96 Pages (1972)

Isbn: 0688400078
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Instructions for working with balsa wood to create doll furniture, toys, party ornaments, and other items. ... Read more

20. Peter Weiss zur Einfuhrung (German Edition)
by Stefan Howald
 Perfect Paperback: 231 Pages (1994)

Isbn: 3885069016
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