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Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom (Anglais) Broché – 26 novembre 2013
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Fascinating and extensively researched.--The Washington Post A solid and enlightening story of a man who, whether you believe the pro-prophecy crowd or not, led a fascinating life.--Booklist Gerson deftly explains the lure of Nostradamus.--Kirkus Reviews A vibrant and vivid account of a complex humanist of untold sympathy and generosity. Gerson leads us through a life mirroring the Renaissance: its humanism, its religious strife, its mix of occult and nascent science, and its poetry. With uncommon clarity and elegance Gerson draws into his portrait of Nostradamus events of his own life and ours. This eminently accessible and informative biography is also an enthralling history: it unravels the enigmas of a heralded individual responding to the doubt and fear about a world that are cause for us to reflect on our own.--Tom Conley, Abbot Lawrence Lowell Professor, Depts. of Romance Languages and Visual/Environmental Studies, Harvard University In this brave and impeccable work of scholarship, Stephane Gerson accomplishes what dozens of writers have failed to for generations: he brings a truly engaging and incisive reckoning to the life and afterlife of Nostradamus. Gerson's book is a historical journey that will leave you by turns delighted and astonished. It is difficult to imagine it being surpassed.--Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and The Secret Mystic History of Our Nation Stephane Gerson's Nostradamus is an exemplary piece of scholarship and critical sophistication. This book represents the best of cultural studies and is a must for anyone interested in early modern studies and its importance today. Reading Gerson is an extraordinary intellectual adventure. --Lawrence D. Kritzman, John D. Willard Prof of French and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College "Stephane Gerson has written a remarkable book about a renaissance astrologer and prophet,
Présentation de l'éditeur
Who was Nostradamus? In this new biography, historian Stephane Gerson takes readers back in time to explore the life and afterlife of Michel de Nostredame, the astrologer whose Prophecies have been transformed into today's Gospel of Doom. Whenever we enter a new era, Nostradamus offers certainty and solace. In 1666, guests at posh English dinner parties discussed his quatrain about the Great Fire of London. In 1942, Irene Nemirovsky latched her hopes for survival to Nostradamus' prediction that the war would soon end. And on September 12, 2001, Brooklyn teenagers proclaimed that this guy, Nostradamus had seen 9/11 coming. Through prodigious research in European and American archives, Gerson chronicles the life of this mystifying figure and our lasting fascination with his predictions.
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le 4 novembre 2013 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I really wanted to like this book. I find the subject quite interesting and human behavior quite perplexing at times, as expressed in the gullible beliefs people hold. But so many words and so little content! As we say in Texas, all hat and no cattle. The author seems to recycle in each chapter the same ideas without any new content being added. And he rambles, as in the very long time he took to finally get to the point of the guardsmen ransacking the tomb. He would allude to it, talk a bit about it, go off on some tangent, circle back to the subject, etc, etc, etc. I finally gave up half-way through the tome, and never did find out the answer to the question posed in the title of the book.
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The Value of Ancient Text
le 4 février 2013 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Scholarly written, not my cup of tea. I'm more of a popular style devotee myself. This book reaffirms the obvious longing folks have for certainty through ancient wisdom. And although Stephane Gerson admits that he looks for certainty in an uncertain world in the works of Nostradamus, I get the feeling the author is embarrassed by this all too human trait. I'm odd in that I get no solace from old literature like the Bible or the Constitution ... or Nostradamus quatrains. I see limited value in old, outdated texts. I admit I'm out of step with USA culture. Read this book if you want a scholarly yet sympathetic look at fortune telling through ancient literature.
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a marvelous read.
le 13 novembre 2012 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Highly recommended read. Beautifully written, always stimulating and thought-provoking, this is a far more than a biography of a fascinating man. It is the picture of an entire time and world, masterfully rendered by a fascinating pen.
Five stars all the way! Long live St. Remy de Provence!
Five stars all the way! Long live St. Remy de Provence!
You will get a better picture of Nostradamus from his wikipedia entry than you ...
le 25 mai 2015 - Publié sur Amazon.com
You will get a better picture of Nostradamus from his wikipedia entry than you will from this book. I was excited about this book. It looked like it was going to offer some intellectually based insight into the real history of Nostradamus. What I encountered was an excruciatingly wordy and repetitive long form version of a National Enquirer treatment of Nostradamus. There is no insight here. As I labored through each content recycled chapter, I got the feeling it was written with the intent to actually prevent me from understanding Nostradamus. So, let me save you some time: People interpret Nostradamus writings according to their bias.