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My Secret Book

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Written by one of the greatest poets of all time, My Secret Book, now in its first English translation, is a profound and deeply personal account of inner suffering and mental anguish. Deeply troubled by his struggle—and failure—to achieve spiritual perfection, Petrarch, considered the forefather of Italian humanism, sought catharsis in the writing of a “secret book.” Only ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Hesperus Press (first published 1378)
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La noire mélancolie qui frappa François Pétrarque lui fit rédiger cet ouvrage dans lequel il se livre à une introspection au moyen d'un dialogue avec un Saint Augustin imaginaire, heureusement plus philosophe et moins superstitieux que l'original. Alors que le poète se laisse aller à l'abattement, Augustin le secoue en évoquant de la sagesse des œuvres des philosophes et de poètes de l'antiquité, en particulier de Ciceron et de ses Tusculanes, mais aussi en citant Platon, Aristote et surtout l'i ...more
Adamo Lanna
Oh bello questo. Una bella scoperta. Cioè è chiaro che già sapevo del Secretum, solo pensavo che fosse palloso e non l'avevo mai letto, invecce no. Sant'Agostino non te la manda a dire, Petrarca non rompe le palle lui e la sua Laura e alla fine ne esce un compendio di filosofia tipo "cicerone for dummies" che è spettacolare.
Sarà che mi immedesimo, sarà che Petrarca è vissuto qui la strada accanto, sarà che queste pippe me le faccio anche io sempre, insomma 5 stelle sicuro.
CX Dillhunt
In the style of Cicero & Plato, a conversation (it's subtitled "The Private Conflict of My Thoughts") between Francesco Petrarca & Aurelius Augustinus aka St. Augustine of (Franesco has his Laura as Dante has his Beatrice!), life, death, procrastination, writing, reason...eventually going from argumentation to instruction set for life...much humor mixed with a very serious discussion...the forward by Germaine Greer is a gem...
NOT my favorite book. He made many good points, but there was much in this book that troubled me. I found the bits about needing to concentrate on death in order to set one's gaze on the eternal rather bizarre and extreme. More on this later. There was a bit too much Plato in here. . .
I've read this several times and it always puts me in deep reflection on my life. It's pretty amazing.
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Francesco Petrarca known in English as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar, poet, and one of the earliest Renaissance humanists. Petrarch is often popularly called the "father of humanism". Based on Petrarch's works, and to a lesser extent those of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio, Pietro Bembo in the 16th century created the model for the modern Italian language, later endorsed by the Accademi ...more
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