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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.
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