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How to Live - A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts At an Answer

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How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love? How to live? This question obsessed Renaissance nobleman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. Into these essays he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog''s ears twitched when it was dreaming, events in the appalling civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller, and over four hundred years later, readers still come to him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment - and in search of themselves. This first full biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.


With this splendidly conceived and exquisitely written double biography - of both Montaigne the man and Montaigne the book - Sarah Bakewell should persuade another generation to fall in love with Montaigne Sunday Times

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Authors Sarah Bakewell
Publisher Vintage UK
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 06.01.2011
EAN 9780099485155
ISBN 978-0-09-948515-5
No. of pages 400
Dimensions 129 mm x 198 mm x 29 mm
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature > Letters, diaries
Humanities, art, music > Philosophy > Renaissance, Enlightenment

Philosophy, PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Renaissance, Biography: philosophy and social sciences

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