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The precociously bright son of a Swedish pharmacist, Axel Munthe worked under Jean Martin Charcot, and in 1880, became the youngest doctor in French history. By the 1890s, he was world-famous for his healing powers, believed by some to be supernatural. This book tells his life-story.
Bengt Jangfeldt is a Professor of Literature and best-selling writer in Sweden. He is the author of several books on Russian literature, and in 1998 was awarded the August (Strindberg) Prize, the Swedish equivalent of the Booker. The Swedish edition of 'Axel Munthe: The Road to San Michele' was awarded the Swedish Academy's biography prize.
"Wonderfully good - and most touching too. Jangfeldt has obviously done some really excellent research, but does not let the material dominate him, writing a living book and not a reference work. I congratulate him."--Michael Holroyd, authorMunthe's life, as related by Bengt Jangfeldt in this new biography, was an extraordinary adventuyre, far more exciting than his autobiography...Bengt Jangfeldt has done impressive research to uncover Munthe's colourful secret life...this is a compelling account of a remarkable man - Jane Ridley, Spectator''This book makes fascinating reading about an extraordinary career...these pages also hint at a social climber and egomaniac...''-- Tablet