'He who thinks freely for himself, honours all freedom on earth.'
Stefan Zweig was already an emigre-driven from a Europe torn apart by brutality and totalitarianism-when he found, in a damp cellar, a copy of Michel de Montaigne's Essais. Montaigne would become Zweig's last great occupation, helping him make sense of his own life and his obsessions-with personal freedom, with the sanctity of the individual. Through his writings on suicide, he would also, finally, lead Zweig to his death.
With the intense psychological acuity and elegant prose so characteristic of Zweig's fiction, this account of Montaigne's life asks how we ought to think, and how to live. It is an intense and wonderful insight into both subject and biographer.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 165 x 120 x 15 mm
Zweig's accumulated historical and cultural studies remain a body of achievement almost too impressive to take in -- Clive James Stefan Zweig's time of oblivion isover for good... it's good to have him back -- Salman Rushdie The New York Times [During his lifetime] arguably themost widely read and translated serious author in the world -- John Fowles An invaluable addition to Zweig's canon, casting as much light on the author's own preoccupation with personal and individual liberty as it does on Montaigne Independent Thanks to Stone's assiduous translation, Zweig's fascinating meditation on the writer in whom he saw himself mirrored appears now for the first time in English Publishers Weekly A beautiful, perhaps even the best, reflection on the great French essayist -- Nicholas Lezard Guardian Books of the Year Will Stone's translation perfectly captures [Zweig's] cultivated Viennese flavour and pacy aphoristic elegance The Tablet