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Series: NYRB Classics
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
Memoirs from Beyond the Grave: 1800-1815
by François-René de Chateaubriand, translated from the French by Alex Andriesse, afterword by Julien Gracq
Memoirs from Beyond the Grave: 1800–1815—the second volume in Alex Andriesse’s new and complete translation of this epic French classic—is a chronicle of triumphs and sorrows, narrating not only the author’s life during a tumultuous period in European history but the “parallel life” of Napoleon. In these pages, Chateaubriand continues to paint his distinctive self-portrait, in which the whole history of France swirls around the sitter like a mist of dreams.
As fresh as ever. . . . [Memoirs from Beyond the Grave 1768-1800 and Memoirs from Beyond the Grave 1800-1815] speak as much to our times as they did to the nineteenth century.
—David Platzer, The New Criterion
Chateaubriand’s self-appointed calling was as court historian who held his subject in contempt, ensuring that the truth would out about the monsters who rule the world for a spell. His eloquence won the regard even of his sworn enemy. . . . May he find comparable honor in our time and our place.
—Algis Valiunas, National Review
The best autobiography ever written . . . . The old viscount could write one hell of a sentence. It’s an incredible book.
—Paul Auster, The Book of Illusions