La confessione d'un figlio del secolo
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La confessione d'un figlio del secolo

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La confessione di un figlio del secolo è il romanzo più famoso di Alfred de Musset. Questo libro si potrebbe considerare un'autobiografia, infatti ciò che si cela dietro le vicende narrate dallo scrittore è il riflesso dell'amore tormentato che lo legò a George Sand. È lo stato d'animo, anzi la malattia di un intero secolo, come l'autore stesso avverte nelle prime pagine d...more
Paperback, Classici tascabili, 299 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Dalai Editore (first published 1836)
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Maan Kawas
A very beautiful book that you cannot leave until you reach the last page. Although it is a sad one, but the deep psychological depiction of human conflicting inner forces (i.e. thought and emotions)was done in uniquely beautiful way by a creative person. With my background in psychology, I felt that in this book Musset was highly skillful in describing a person's faulty ways of thinking (e.g. predicting future, catastrophizing, emotional reasining, and white and black way of looking at things)....more
Simona Bartolotta
"Un gradino in più o in meno è ben poca cosa su quella grande scala marcita che è l'imperfezione umana."

Sono partita con grandi speranze, e credo che questo non sia stato totalmente un male. Primo e secondo capitolo mi hanno convinta di essere davanti ad un capolavoro, ma purtroppo non e sempre vero che il buongiorno si vede dal mattino, e proseguendo il mio entusiasmo, pur non spegnendosi del tutto, è molto calato, mentre negli ultimi capitoli è stato maltratto, oltraggiato e poi estinto a secc...more
The first novel written in the full swing of Romanticism that I actually liked. Before I had always thought of Romanticism as this kind of annoying, vacuous, teenagish, flowery crap of hyperbole and self-indulgence. This book, instead, unveiled the tension of minds trying desperately to grasp how you can intellectually assign meaning to every emotion and what a frantic enterprise that becomes. Strangely enough, far from emotional I found this book (and all the correspondence I've been reading ar...more
Khadija Maqableh
يبدو أن البشرية كتبت تاريخها ذات مرة، وما انفكت إلى الآن تجتره بتنويعات عديدة.
كتبت هذه الرواية في مرحلة وقفت فيها أوربا منهكة على جثة هامدة خلفتها الحروب والنزاعات، وقد تم نشرها عام 1836 وقد بلغ دي موسيه السادسة والعشرين من العمر، منطقًا بطله (أوكتاف) باعترافات لا تحيل إلى الذنوب بقدر ما تحيل إلى الأدواء والعلل والصراعات التي انطوت عليها سريرته وعلى شدة التشابه بين أحداثها وأحداث حياة مؤلفها نفسه فإنه لزام علينا أن نتاولها بوصفها رواية لا سيرة ذاتية؛ فلا المسمى يسمح لنا ولا المعالجة ولا حتى التف...more
Keith Duquette
Musset like many in the romantic movement was a figure who battled his demons. Though this is a testament and account of Musset's own hedonism, libertinism, and failed love affairs it also serves as a social critique of it's time. Le Mal Du Siecle(The Malady of The Century) or a romantic sense of Ennui gave rise to a young writer's anxiety and apathy. What may still seem pertinent in this work is that youth culture and creative individuals of the nineteenth century struggled with their sense of...more
Alfred de Musset's 1836, semi-fictionalized self-portrait Confession d'un Enfant du Siècle and Ron Kovic's 1976 Born on the Fourth of July can be compared as two cruelly lucid accounts of individuals who have fallen victim to this disillusionment as they face the stress placed on their generations due to the sudden shifts in values that their different societies thrust upon them.
In each man's respective account of a certain portion of his life at about age 20, his story is highly personal. In...more
It took me forever to finish it. Very well written of course but too much of a romantic period book

Il m'a fallu plus d'un mois pour finir ce livre, d'à peine plus de 200 pages. Musset écrit très bien ce n'est pas une grande nouveauté mais le livre représentait tout ce que je n'aime pas des ouvrages de la periode romantique/naturaliste : des pages et des pages de réflexion sur les sentiments/la vie/l'autre. Si certains livres romantiques me plaisent ce n'était pas le cas de celui-ci, qui plaira s...more
Sabine Crisan
The book starts with "As you write your life story, you first need to have lived."

It's a self-portrait. He is cynical and disappointed, meets a woman he idolizes and falls in love with her. She resists, he is consistent in seducing her up until she shares his feelings. He sees this as a sign of weakness, turns back to being cynical, jealous, possessive, cruel and can not prevent the destruction of their happiness.

The woman in the book was George Sand. She - like Maitreyi of Mircea Eliade - write...more
"Il mio cuore soffriva in modo che c'era quasi costantemente in me un uomo che rideva e un altro che piangeva".

Non posso che unirmi a chi ha citato questa frase bellissima...
"I dolori passeggeri bestemmiano e accusano il cielo; i grandi dolori non accusano nè bestemmiano. Ascoltano."

Non me lo aspettavo così bello e attuale... un insegnamento su cosa è e cosa non è l'amore, su come a causa dell'amore ci si può dannare e si può condannare una persona e su come l'Amore può redimere e insegnare d...more
Oh,this book was killing me..there is minimum of action or.just..story..or anything.I have read it until the end..and when someone would ask what is it about..I would say..everything what was in his depressive head he just spat out on a paper and added some lovers issues.It is just a large number of confused and constantly repeating contemplation.I mean..really too much,it is so terrible.Ok maybe,it has deeper sense..well it is doubt..but don´t force me to read it again,please!
Marie Bouteille
J'aime beaucoup le style mais l'histoire m'a un peu agacée. Je ne suis pas sûre que l'époque soit réellement en cause, plutôt une mauvaise excuse, car on a l'impression d'avoir entendu ce genre d'histoire des centaines de fois. Certes, il découvre l'amour mais il se comporte comme un enfant gâté et je sais que je n'ai pas à juger le personnage mais du coup le livre ne m'a pas intéressée.
Feb 13, 2011 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who LOVE romanticism
Shelves: passion
Some very good bits littered in there (especially an incredible and bold chapter 2) but all in all it wasn't great. It just went too far in its romanitc, melodramatic themes and felt to sickly sweet at times. I had completely forgotten why your supposed to feel any sympathy or passion for the characters, so they came out as silly caricatures.
Juliette Akameshu
Portrait of a generation of 1848 in France. Young people saw their parents and brothers die during few revolutions. Lost in a century which doesn't understand them. Begining of the romantic movement in litterature and arts.
A primeira metade do livro é maçante, mas a segunda metade é empolgante, tanto que você sente vontade de degolar o narrador. Rá! Agora só me resta ler o ponto de vista da George Sand para essa história.
Hanane Oubi
iI hated the first part it was a littel borring but in the end it was so exciting and amusin, great book!
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Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century, autobiographical) from 1836.
Musset was born on 11 December 1810 in Paris. His family was upper-class but poor and his father worked in various key government po...more
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“Poets represent love as sculptors design beauty, as musicians create melody; that is to say, endowed with an exquisite nervous organization, they gather up with discerning ardor the purest elements of life, the most beautiful lines of matter, and the most harmonious voices of nature. There lived, it is said, at Athens a great number of beautiful girls; Praxiteles drew them all one after another; then from these diverse types of beauty, each one of which had its defects, he formed a single faultless beauty and created Venus. The man who first created a musical instrument, and who gave to harmony its rules and its laws, had for a long time listened to the murmuring of reeds and the singing of birds. Thus the poets, who understand life, after knowing much of love, more or less transitory, after feeling that sublime exaltation which real passion can for the moment inspire, eliminating from human nature all that degrades it, created the mysterious names which through the ages fly from lip to lip: Daphnis and Chloe, Hero and Leander, Pyramus and Thisbe.

To try to find in real life such love as this, eternal and absolute, is but to seek on public squares a woman such as Venus, or to expect nightingales to sing the symphonies of Beethoven.”
“What a frightful weapon is human thought! It is our defense and our safeguard, the most precious gift that God has made us. It is ours and it obeys us; we may launch it forth into space, but, once outside of our feeble brains, it is gone; we can no longer control it. ” 12 likes
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