‘As a form of counter-desolation,’ Ricoeur tells us, ‘consolation can be a lucid manner—just as lucid as Aristotelian katharsis—of mourning for oneself. Here, too, a fruitful exchange can be established between literature and being-toward-death.’  Paul Ricoeur, Oneself as Another, trans. Kathleen Blamey, Chicago 1992, p. 162.
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