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A Summer with Montaigne


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Antoine Compagnon is a Professor of French Literature at College de France, Paris, and the Blanche W. Knopf Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary degrees from King's College London, HEC Paris, and the University of Liege. Tina Kover's translations for Europa include Negar Djavadi's National Book Award-shortlisted novel, Disoriental, Anna Gavalda's Life, Only Better, and The Little Girl on the Ice Floe by Adelaide Bon. Kover is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for the translation of Manette Salomon by the Goncourt brothers.


Praise for A Summer with Montaigne "Rarely has Europe produced anything finer in terms of piercing analysis or moral subtlety. . . . This small book of 40 short chapters brings the man to life and shows his questions, ideas, and solutions to be every bit as relevant as they were in the 16th century." --New York Journal of Books "Nothing could be easier to read; these pages are to be savored like a little glass of pastis in the summer." --Paris Match "A lucid, joyful work that is no more serious than it needs to be." --Telerama "The clarity of Compagnon's meditations brings this towering French Renaissance man miraculously close." --Elle "Illustrates Montagine's 'art of living beautifully' while remaining as close as possible to Montaigne's Essays, lingering on its delicacies, and selecting the most enjoyable of its truths as well as its delights." --L'Express "A tribute to a classic author who is still well and truly in touch with the spirit of the times." --ActuaLitte "The clarity of Compagnon's analysis renders this once intimidating French Renaissance man miraculously close." --ELLE "This small book of 40 short chapters brings the man to life and shows his questions, ideas, and solutions to be every bit as relevant as they were in the 16th century."--New York Journal of Books

"Agreeably useful reading in any season; as Compagnon quotes from Montaigne's concluding essay, 'Aesop, that great man, saw his master piss as he walked 'What then, ' said he, 'must we drop as we run?' Let us manage our time; there yet remains a great deal idle and ill employed.' Recommended for Montaigne scholars and general readers alike."--Library Journal

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