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Jordi Bayod

The Imperfect Life

An Introduction to Montaigne

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Quaderns Crema

May 2022

280 pages

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Original Title: La vida imperfecta: una introducció a Montaigne

After a hedonistic youth, Michel de Montaigne left his post in the parliament of Bordeaux and withdrew to his castle to devote himself to contemplation and study. However, the experiment failed as the solitude plunged him into an excruciating state of melancholy. His masterpiece, the famous The Complete Essays is his response to this malaise. Montaigne not only developed a vital philosophy inspired by the classical tradition but also, in an exercise of absolute modernity, makes writing a means by which to become reconciled with himself and with life itself in all its imperfection. Jordi Bayod, a specialist in Montaigne’s work and translator of a highly regarded edition of the Essays in Spanish (Los ensayos), explores in this scholarly and clarifying book the life and intellectual trajectory of a writer who, seeking happiness, was able to reconcile humanity’s noblest aspirations with the inescapable finitude of existence.

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Quaderns Crema

May 2022

1 pages

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