Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne

by Michel de MontaigneTim Parks

Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne
Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne
Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne
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Drawn From Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne

by Michel de MontaigneTim Parks

Introduced by Tim Parks

In 1571, shortly after a near-death experience, Montaigne retired to a room in his tower where ‘in calm and freedom from all cares’ he began to write his famous essays. These ‘whimsies’ are intimate, revelatory, and explore themes of fear and courage, mortality and personal freedom. Montaigne sought to liberate the individual from the pressure of social custom – ideas considered so dangerous that his books were banned by the Vatican for nearly two centuries.

In his introduction, Tim Parks sheds new light on his enduringly popular figures whose essays ‘are so engaging, so seductive, that many readers will revel in their intimacy and irreverence without entirely grasping the challenge they throw down to us.’

‘[Montaigne] is perhaps the last writer who gathers together the vast wisdom of antiquity and, entirely ignoring Christianity, seeks to seduce us toward a happier way of life.’
Tim Parks

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Introduced by Tim Parks

In 1571, shortly after a near-death experience, Montaigne retired to a room in his tower where ‘in calm and freedom from all cares’ he began to write his famous essays. These ‘whimsies’ are intimate, revelatory, and explore themes of fear and courage, mortality and personal freedom. Montaigne sought to liberate the individual from the pressure of social custom – ideas considered so dangerous that his books were banned by the Vatican for nearly two centuries.

In his introduction, Tim Parks sheds new light on his enduringly popular figures whose essays ‘are so engaging, so seductive, that many readers will revel in their intimacy and irreverence without entirely grasping the challenge they throw down to us.’

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Weight 0.25 kg
Dimensions 19 × 12 × 1.5 cm
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