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Summer with Pascal

«The name Blaise Pascal isn’t always associated with seaside leisure. We think of him as cerebral and sanctimonious, austere and despondent…But this is to misunderstand him…Antoine Compagnon doesn’t just give him another face in A Summer with Pascal: in forty short chapters that one could read between swims, he alternates between literary study and biographical anecdotes with a joyfulness that suits his subject.»

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Detaljer

Forlag
Harvard University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780674295414
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
18 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Antoine Compagnon, a member of the Académie française, is Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France. He is the author of Proust Between Two Centuries, Five Paradoxes of Modernity, A Summer with Montaigne, and numerous other books. His work has been translated into nineteen languages.

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«The name Blaise Pascal isn’t always associated with seaside leisure. We think of him as cerebral and sanctimonious, austere and despondent…But this is to misunderstand him…Antoine Compagnon doesn’t just give him another face in A Summer with Pascal: in forty short chapters that one could read between swims, he alternates between literary study and biographical anecdotes with a joyfulness that suits his subject.»

L’Express

«Today’s students are lucky devils! Without difficulty, in an appealing way, they can grasp the essence of a classic writer thanks to this summer series…launched by Antoine Compagnon with Montaigne, continued with Baudelaire, and now enriched by A Summer with Pascal

Bernard Pivot, Le Journal du Dimanche

«What better guide than Antoine Compagnon…to introduce us to the world of this scientific and literary ‘terrifying genius,’ mystic and polemicist, ‘jouster and game player,’ this writer without equal of the Pensées and Provincial Letters

Causeur

«Following A Summer with Montaigne, Antoine Compagnon excels once again in resuscitating and animating a key figure in French intellectual history. Clarifying without simplifying, A Summer with Pascal invites readers along the fascinating paths of Pascal’s dialectical thought—and Catherine Porter’s elegant translation is the icing on the cake. An excellent read for any season.»

Cathy Yandell, author of <i>The French Art of Living Well: Finding Joie de Vivre in the Everyday Wor

«Antoine Compagnon offers us a new portrait of a great, often quoted and perhaps even more often misunderstood writer. The effect is to let us in on an intimate conversation across centuries. However much we may think we know about Pascal, we can learn a great deal from this absorbing work.»

Michael Wood, author of <i>The Road to Delphi</i>

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