'I was setting out with nothing but my youth and my illusions; I was leaving a world whose dust I had trod and whose stars I had counted for a world whose soil and sky was unknown to me'
By the time he came to write his memoirs, Chateaubriand had lived many lives. He had been a soldier, writer and politician, his days divided between war and peace, wealth and penury, joy and despair. Written across different times and places, Memoirs tells of exotic adventures to the furthermost points of the globe, of heroic battles and political struggles, and of the loneliness of a restless soul. It is permeated by a sense of wonder for nature and the human spirit, and haunted by the desire to tame a fleeting world.
Translated with an introduction by Robert Baldick
About the Author
Francois-Rene, Vicomte de Chateaubriand, was the most conspicuous figure in French literature during the First Empire. He was born in St Malo in 1768, and received a commission in the army in 1786. While living in Paris, he met the men of letters of whom he left remarkable portraits in his memoirs. His second publication, Atala, appeared in 1801 and immediately made his reputation. Chateaubriand died on the 4th of July 1848, leaving behind his controversial and celebrated Memoires d'outre-tombe.
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 26th March 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1