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Arlette Farge is Director of Research in Modern History at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Natalie Zemon Davis is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Thomas Scott-Railton is the translator of several books, including works by Etienne Balibar, Michel Foucault, and Slavoj Zizek.
"[Farge's] description of a personal, physical relationship to archives resonates more than ever as the essence of curiosity, an existentially fulfilling act in which the historian can literally touch the past."-Jacob Soll, Chronicle Review -- Jacob Soll Chronicle Review "A little gem of a book. A diamond, perhaps, given both its clarity and the finesse with which it's been cut and set. It is an unmistakable classic: one of the great memoirs of the silent, day-to-day drama of research ... Adamantine: sharp, brilliant, perfect, and created to last."-Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed -- Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed "Lyrical, suspenseful and humorous in turn. Farge has created a fascinating account of how historians work that will appeal to scholars and history buffs alike ... [This] classic intellectual memoir, finally translated into English, elegantly re-creates the thrills and (literal) chills of a historian's archival treasure hunts."-Shelf Awareness, Starred Review Shelf Awareness "In this elegant and captivating (and admirably translated) account ... we gain an appreciation of historical research as a calling, an obsession, and an insight into how our ideas about the past might be shaped."-Los Angeles Review of Books Los Angeles Review of Books Received second place for the 2014 translation prize in non-fiction given by the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation. -- Translation Prize French-American Foundation "A unique, lyrical paean to historical research, ... now superbly translated into English... The kick of research-not self-evident, by any means-is the subject of Farge's marvelous book. Behind it lies the goal of history, which is 'the understanding of a time and a world.' ... [But] The Allure of the Archives is more than a reflection, however evocative, on the seductive joys and travails of research; it is a methodological handbook, ... [containing] several chapters with subheadings that read like guidelines for the would-be historian."-Brenda Wineapple, The Threepenny Review -- Brenda Wineapple The Threepenny Review