Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb The only available edition in English of the greatest of all French autobiographiesBy the time he came to write his extraordinary highly entertaining memoirs Chateaubriand had witnessed some of the

  • Title: Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb
  • Author: François-René de Chateaubriand
  • ISBN: 9780141393124
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

    The only available edition in English of the greatest of all French autobiographiesBy the time he came to write his extraordinary, highly entertaining memoirs, Chateaubriand had witnessed some of the iconic figures and events of French history from the court of Louis XVI, to the reign of Napoleon, to the disaster of Waterloo, to life under the Restoration Written across dThe only available edition in English of the greatest of all French autobiographiesBy the time he came to write his extraordinary, highly entertaining memoirs, Chateaubriand had witnessed some of the iconic figures and events of French history from the court of Louis XVI, to the reign of Napoleon, to the disaster of Waterloo, to life under the Restoration Written across different times and places, Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb tells of exotic adventures to the farthest points of the globe, of heroic battles and political struggles, and of the loneliness of a restless soul And its startling candor because it would be published only from beyond the tomb makes it almost ridiculously enjoyable.For than sixty five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    1. Gabrielle Dubois

      I read this book in French (because I'm french!). But I comment it in English, beacause I'd like you, English readers who would like to discover French state of mind from the late 18th and early 19th century and also the great History he really lived. It's not really fun, but it's Chateaubriand! So it's clever, pretentious (he could be!), historically very interesting and so many things more!

    2. ΑνναΦ

      Ho un debole per le biografie e le autobiografie, come per i trattati storici e le digressioni romantiche. Memorie d'oltretomba racchiude tutte le mie predilezioni, non potevo non leggerlo, dopo averlo guardato e scansato per molto tempo, ma infine arriva il tempo per ogni cosa. Un libro affascinante, ricco di sfaccettature, forse non per tutti ma certo per gli amanti dei resoconti storici e gli affreschi d'epoca. Chi fosse spaventato dal cofanetto di oltre 2000 pagine sbaglierebbe, moltissime s [...]

    3. Fazackerly Toast

      simply loved this. One of those books that you internalise and stays with you. His childhood! His forbidding father pacing the room from the fire to the end plunged in darkness, in silence! Those encounters with Napoleon. That occasion when the Napoleonic army crosses the river into Russia and he hears music, like in Antony and Cleopatra, the god of war whom he loved now leaving him. Heaven.

    4. Stephen Durrant

      For an understanding of the romantic temperament that shaped so much mid-19th century European literature, art and music, Chateaubriand's "Memoirs from beyond the Tomb" is a good place to start. The title itself envisions a writer, now nothing more than dust, speaking from beyond the grave--a reminder to us, I suppose, of where we will soon enough be (in case we need a reminder!). A common enough perspective, I suppose, but the living author who has become a dead author, in this case Chateaubria [...]

    5. D

      Literally "Memoirs from Beyond the Grave" is an autobiography in 42 volumes. The version I read had volumes 9-12, covering life and travels from April to September 1822, revised in December 1846.

    6. Paul

      The man certainly knows how to tell a story - the premise being living through the birth of America, the French Revolution, Napoleon's rise and fall, and finally the last gasps of the monarchy in France. His presents himself as one weathering countless ideology & political storms, staying true to his own beliefs. It's a little funny to hear him talk so much about a love of liberty contra Napoleon just after he denounced the Terror (which spilt the blood of his family in the name of liberty). [...]

    7. Bud Smith

      The first half was INCREDIBLE. Second half was really good too, focuses on Napoleon a lot, almost a mini biography of Napoleon Bonaparte. Francois Chateaubriand was a cool guy. I like him. We would have been friends. We have a similar haircut.

    8. Gijs Grob

      Chateaubriand leefde van 1768 tot 1848 en maakte dus én de hele Franse revolutie én de opkomst en ondergang van Napoleon én een flink deel van de restauratie mee. Omdat hij zelf ook flink betrokken was, hij was o.a. minister en ambassadeur, heeft hij deze gebeurtenissen van dichtbij mogen meemaken. En dan is hij ook nog op bezoek geweest in de dan nog kersverse staat Amerika. Het zijn dan ook deze verslagen uit de eerste hand die deze memoires zo boeiend maken, met de hoofdstukken over Napole [...]

    9. Aurélie

      J'avais choisi de découvrir ce monument de la littérature française en version abrégée, parce que l’œuvre m'intimidait beaucoup (et je ne dois pas être la seule ^^). Mais au final je me suis fait avoir, car ce que j'ai lu m'a tellement plu que je n'ai qu'une envie : m'attaquer à la version intégrale !!!Ne passez pas à côté de ce chef d’œuvre, quitte à tremper vos pieds dans le petit bain pour commencer, grâce à cette très bonne édition abrégée

    10. Elenora

      A very smart man with a sharp quill. Probably one of my first literary love. I fancied the man who'd written such things, lived such a life. Damn he's got some ego, but mostly well deserved. His memoirs are an amazing glimpse in the life and politics of some of the richest and most turbulent decades of french history.

    11. Stosch

      over rated. poor little rich kid grows up , flees france to save his head from the revolution. very self absorbed ponce.

    12. Mshelton50

      Born to an old aristocratic (but not very wealthy) Breton family, Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand was born less than a year before Napoleon Bonaparte. Like Bonaparte, Chateaubriand was a young man in his early 20s when the French Revolution broke out. Like his family, Chateaubriand was a Royalist, and was presented to Louis XVI at Versailles during the last days of the Anicen Regime. While the Revolution would take a terrible toll on his family, Chateaubriand recognized that many of the changes i [...]

    13. Alexandra Chusseau

      Chateaubriand avait ce don de rendre ses écrits poétiques tout en les chargeant d'émotions. Lorsqu'on survole la destiné des siens il n'est pas surprenant de comprendre l'Homme. Il y a des passages, des mots très justes qui collent avec le caractère que je devinais chez l'auteur. "Quel étrange mystère dans le sacrifice humain ! Pourquoi faut-il que le plus grand des crimes et la plu grande gloire soint de verser le sang de l'homme?""La mort est belle, elle est notre amie ; néanmoin nous [...]

    14. Martin Hernandez

      "Memorias de ultratumba" es la autobiografía de François-René de CHAUTEAUBRIAND, que abarca 42 volúmenes, publicados en 1848. Aunque la obra tiene rasgos que la acercan al género literario de las "memorias", las "Memorias de ultratumba" también se inspiran en las "Confesiones" de ROUSSEAU, en el sentido en que CHAUTEAUBRIAND trata, además de acontecimientos políticos e históricos, detalles de su vida privada y de sus aspiraciones personales.También en esta obra encontraremos algunos de [...]

    15. Amro

      Rather melancholic reflections on the life (I think melancholic is a good thing) of the noble-born Frenchman François-René de Chateaubriand, from the before the Revolution (which disgust hims and makes him set sail to America) to the Second Empire of Napoleon. Written in the Romantic style – this is an excellent translation by Robert Baldick, He describes the people he's met, the things he's done, the offices he's held and the exiles he's suffered. Well worth the read, if you like this kind [...]

    16. Fernando

      Chactas un indio Natchez, cuenta la historia de su vida con la mirada sabia de quien todo lo ha perdido, es una referencia americana al Edipo de Sofocles, claro está. Relata la tragedia que le toco vivir en torno a su amor Atala. Una cita del libro resume las enseñanzas de Chateaubriand, en la voz de Chactas: "Si temes las tormetas del corazon desconfia de la soledad, porque las grandes pasiones son solitarias, y llevarlas al desierto es colocarlas en su natural dominio."(Pag 42 de Ed. Jackson [...]

    17. Marc

      Typical large 'ego', looking for justification; strong romantic traits, yet not overly. Chateaubriand is a liberal in his principles (freedom central), but clearly conservative in politics (option for monarchy); perhaps that explains his isolation as a historical person. Most beautiful pages about Napoleon! The passages on his own public actions are less readable. Still a remarkable historical document!

    18. Sergio Mira Jordán

      Más de 2.600 páginas de reflexiones de alguien que vivió una época de cambios constantes y fue protagonista directo o participe de esos cambios. Nacido a mediados del siglo XVIII y muerto en 1848, el vizconde de Chateaubriand nos habla en sus Memorias de ultratumba como al oído. Sabedor de que su prosa llegaría a nosotros una vez muerto, sus opiniones no conocen límites. Para algo era el máximo defensor de la libertad de prensa. Una lectura larga, larguísima, pero muy grata y placentera [...]

    19. Geert Barbier

      Extremely overrated: memoirs of an old guy who repaints himself larger than life and nicely removes anything conspicious. Maybe it says something about the french soul if this is termed a masterpiece?

    20. Blake Spraggins

      Hmmm. I'm glad I learned about Chateaubriand, even if he was the hardest of hardcore reactionaries. But I was surprised by how much of his book was taken up with stuff he didn't witness -- like Napoleon's Russian campaign.

    21. Cyndie

      Ca a pris le temps, mais je l'ai enfin fini ! Avis plutôt partagé, bien que la lecture fut agréable par moments.

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