What Do I Know? : Essential Essays

    Michel de Montaigne

    What Do I Know? : Essential Essays

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A fresh new translation of Michel de Montaigne's most profound, searching essays, with an introduction from Yiyun Li, author of The Book of Goose

This gift-worthy collection of 16 essays by "the father of the essay" is a short, accessible introduction to his work, offering a fascinating glimpse inside a great Renaissance mind

"I myself am the subject of my book." So wrote Montaigne in the introductory note to his Essays, the book that marked the birth of the modern essay form.

In works of probing intelligence and idiosyncratic observation, Montaigne moved from intimate personal observation to roving theories of the conduct of kings and cannibals, the effects of sorrow and fear, and the fallibility of human memory and judgement.

This new selection of Montaigne's 16 most ingenious essays appears in a lucid new translation by the prize-winning David Coward. What Do I Know? gives the modern reader profound insight into a great Renaissance mind.

Format/pages: hardback / 192 pages

ISBN: 9781782278818

Publisher: Pushkin Press

Year: 2023

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