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Memoirs From Beyond The Grave

By Alex Andriesse, Anka Muhlstein, Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

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Format: Paperback, 512 pages, Main Edition
Written over the course of four decades, Francois-Rene L de Chateaubriand's epic autobiography has drawn the admiration of Baudelaire, Flaubert, Proust, Roland Barthes, Paul Auster, and W. G. Sebald. In this unabridged section of the Memoirs, spanning the years 1768 to 1800, Chateaubriand looks back on the already bygone world of his youth. He recounts the history of his aristocratic family and the first rumblings of the French Revolution. He recalls playing games on the beaches of Saint-Malo, wandering in the woods near his father's castle in Combourg, hunting with King Louis XVI at Versailles, witnessing the first heads carried on pikes through the streets of Paris, meeting with George Washington in Philadelphia, and falling hopelessly in love with a young woman named Charlotte in the small Suffolk town of Bungay. The volume ends with Chateaubriand's return to France after eight years of exile in England.In this new edition (the first unabridged translation of any portion of the Memoirs to be published in more than a century), Chateaubriand emerges as a writer of great wit and clarity, a self-deprecating egoist whose meditations on the meaning of history, memory, and morality are leavened with a mixture of high whimsy and memorable gloom.

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Available in an unabridged English translation for the first time in more than a century, Memoirs from Beyond the Grave is an epic autobiography of Chateaubriand, the aristocratic Frenchman who lived through the beginning of the French Revolution and who would become the founder of the Romantic movement in Europe.

About the Author

Franpois-RenU de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), a writer, historian, and diplomat, is considered one of France's first Romantic authors.Alex Andriesse is a writer and translator. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, and western Massachusetts.Anka Muhlstein was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1996 for her biography of Astolphe de Custine, and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy.

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"To read Chateaubriand is to witness the subjective and yet comprehensive unfolding of a society's change: of customs, prospects, ethics, conventions. He stands (as in the famous portrait by Girodet) on the farther shore." --Alberto Manguel "The Memoirs from Beyond the Grave [...] encapsulate and bring to perfect mastery all the linguistic registers that their author had by turns attempted: epic, tragic, elegiac, lyric, oratorical, narrative, descriptive - like an evening rainbow over a Venetian lagoon." -Marc Fumaroli "Chateaubriand's Memoirs, with all their myth makingmythmaking, posing, and dark glamour, are his Arc de Triomphe, and may yet prove more lasting than their equivalent in stone." --Adam Kirsch "A Romantic classic." --BBC News, Paris "Chateaubriand's... Memoires d'outre-tombe, his Memoirs from Beyond the Grave, is at once sublime literature, brilliant history seen by a fiercely intelligent eye-witness, and a self-portrait of a remarkable and complex man. Chateaubriand is one of that worldly, intellectually -restless literary set, including Goethe and Byron, who may be said to have founded and developed the wider European Romantic movement, granting it social relevance and gaining it an extensive European and North American audience." --A. S. Kline "Chateaubriand's Memoirs, with all their myth makingmythmaking, posing, and dark glamour, are his Arc de Triomphe, and may yet prove more lasting than their equivalent in stone." --Adam Kirsch "A Romantic classic." --BBC News, Paris "Chateaubriand's... Memoires d'outre-tombe, his Memoirs from Beyond the Grave, is at once sublime literature, brilliant history seen by a fiercely intelligent eye-witness, and a self-portrait of a remarkable and complex man. Chateaubriand is one of that worldly, intellectually -restless literary set, including Goethe and Byron, who may be said to have founded and developed the wider European Romantic movement, granting it social relevance and gaining it an extensive European and North American audience." --A. S. Kline

EAN: 9781681371290
ISBN: 1681371294
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Age Range: 15+ years
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