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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Auteur de nombreuses biographies (Fouché, Balzac, Marie-Antoinette, Magellan,... ), Stefan Zweig dresse avec psychologie le portrait d'un homme libre et tolérant. Alors qu'il fuit la guerre dans le lointain Brésil, Stefan Zweig cherche dans l'œuvre de Montaigne à soulager son désespoir, mais aussi dans l'expérience vécue d'un homme qui se trouva dans une situation proche d ...more
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Published (first published July 12th 1985)
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BlackOxford
Thinking the Unthinkable

Emotionally and politically, if not yet militarily, the presidency of Donald Trump has had the same impact on the world as the election of Adolf Hitler in 1933 or the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in 1914. It is a shocking, incomprehensible fact which becomes more shocking and incomprehensible every day. Trump establishes a demarcation between one world and another. I don’t feel it an exaggeration to echo Zweig’s feeling for Montaigne’s situation of “precisely a
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Lee
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zweig is the best. Secular humanism uber alles! Great to return to him after a year or so away and think the same general thought: I need to read everything he's written, particularly these short biographies. This is a step in that direction. It's really a pretty slight but insightful/enjoyable rundown of Montaigne's life, paralleled by Zweig's own. Zweig wrote this in Brazil shortly before he killed himself with his second wife, exiled from the irretrievably ruined European culture he thrived i ...more
Sue
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in biography, Zweig, philosophy
Thank you to Pushkin Collection for re-publishing Stefan Zweig's biography of Montaigne. Zweig's personal, somewhat casual, yet highly informed style of writing for biography totally engaged me in Montaigne's life and also led me to a renewed wish to read the Essays sooner rather than later. In this current age of vile and petty discourse, I enjoyed the call to searching for "knowing the self." Very little of this is in evidence in the public forum today leaving Montaigne's wish for solitude so ...more
Steve



Autumn Rhythm, by Jackson Pollak


Denn es gehört zu den geheimnisvollen Gesetzen des Lebens, daß wir seiner wahren und wesentlichen Werte immer erst zu spät gewahr werden: der Jugend, wenn sie entschwindet, der Gesundheit, sobald sie uns verläßt, und der Freiheit, dieser kostbarsten Essenz unserer Seele, erst im Augenblick, da sie uns genommen werden soll oder schon genommen worden ist.()


Though Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) and his first wife, Friderike, escaped the Nazis by fleeing to England in 1934,
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Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
Αυτό δεν είναι ένα βιβλίο για να γνωρίσεις την συλλογιστική και το έργο του Μονταινιου, ενός τελευταίου των Ουμανιστων του 16ου αιώνα. Είναι μια υποκειμενική ματιά του Τσβαιχ πάνω στην στάση ζωής του Μ. Ο συγγραφέας κάτω από την ψυχολογική κατάρρευση των τελευταίων μηνών πριν την αυτοκτονία του το 1942 βρίσκει στην ανάγνωση των δοκιμίων του Μονταινιου μια δικαίωση της στάσης ζωής του και μια ανακούφιση από την Πνευματική αναστάτωση που ο πόλεμος προκάλεσε στην ζωή του. Στο επίμετρο, στις επιστολ ...more
Paul Sánchez Keighley
In this biography, we see Zweig projecting his worries onto Montaigne, drawing parallels between Europe’s descent into insanity in the mid-20th century and the wars of religion that shook Europe in Montaigne’s day and age. Montaigne doubted and second-guessed every thought that went through his head, but one of the few maxims he ever penned was: 'The most important thing in the world is to know how to be oneself.' And in those times of mass fanaticism, Zweig sought consolation in Montaigne’s wor ...more
Jorge
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un texto inconcluso en que la emotiva y magistral pluma de Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) dedica una biografía al gran pensador renacentista francés Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) y más que una biografía este texto es una suerte de apología de este gran humanista, creador de una obra fundamental de la literatura y el pensamiento occidental llamada simplemente “Ensayos” que se constituye en una especie de biblia pagana.

Otra pequeña obra por su extensión pero grande en belleza y en luz que el maestro
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Vassiliki Dass
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Ακατέργαστο, μεροληπτικο. Δεν μου άρεσε ενώ τον Τσβαιχ τον λατρεύω. Ήταν οι τελευταίοι μήνες της ζωής του, σε προφανώς περίεργη ψυχολογική κατάσταση, έγραψε όμως ένα αριστούργημα, την Σκακιστική νουβέλα. Μπορώ να πω ότι αντιπάθησα τον βιογραφομενο τελειως
Laila
Uzun yıllar önce Montaigne'nin "Denemeler"ini okumuştum. Zweig'in kitabı sonrasında bir kere daha okumam gerektiğini düşünüyorum ama düşünceleri ve yaşam tarzının bana göre olmadığını bilerek okumaya başlamak bana ne kazandıracak bilmiyorum. Önyargı mı? Belki evet!

alıntı: Kendi anlattığına göre, genç bir insanken, "böbürlenmek" ve bildikleriyle kendini göstermek için okumuştur; daha sonra biraz daha bilge olabilsin diye okumuştur; şimdi ise yalnızca canı istediği için okumakta, asla herhangi bi
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david
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you imagine a better biographer than Stefan Zweig?

And is there a more interesting subject, in this genre, than Michel de Montaigne?

The best biography I have read on one of literature’s most interesting yet obscure figures.

Montaigne, from a philosophical viewpoint, is one of the most relatable and organic thinkers I have been introduced to through the medium of words.

He, Montaigne, lived during the 1500's.

Great. Worthy of seven point five stars.
Anastasia
Ο Στέφαν Τσβάιχ μελέτησε λεπτομερώς και σε βάθος τη ζωή και το έργο του Michel de Montaigne, μελέτη που είχε πραγματοποιήσει στο παρελθόν και για άλλες σημαντικές προσωπικότητες όπως ο Έρασμος.

Ωστόσο στις σελίδες αυτού του βιβλίου δεν επιχείρησε τη συστηματική καταγραφή της βιογραφίας του. Πρόκειται περισσότερο για ένα καθρέφτισμα των δικών του προβληματισμών σχετικά με την ταραχώδη εποχή της οποίας είναι μάρτυρας, στις σκέψεις του Μονταίνιου. Αναζητεί στους στοχασμούς του αναγεννησιακού δοκιμι
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Armin
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eher ein längerer Essay als eine Biographie, aber das äußere Leben Montaignes gab weniger her als bei Ersasmsus bzw. Castello gegen Calvin. Zweigs Einsichten gehen aber tiefer als bei den beiden anderen Biographien, zu denen das Montaigne-Buch viele Bezüge herstellt.
Ein Hauptschwerpunkt ist die kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Diktatoren, der Essay entstand zu einem Zeitpunkt als das Hitlerreich weite Teile Europas umfasste.
Ignacio Irulegui
En los últimos días de su vida, retirado en un exilio forzoso, Stefan Zweig escribe -como puede- un ensayo apologético sobre la figura de Michel de Montaigne. Zweig conoció la barbarie del siglo XX y descubrió que su época estaba signada por un mal cada vez más invasivo: la pérdida de la libertad. En ese contexto, redescubre al ensayista francés con la significación que le provee la quizás más notoria actitud montaigneana: una resistencia casi absoluta a la cesión de la libertad individual hacia ...more
Ferda Nihat Koksoy
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
MONTAIGNE
-Bir zamanlar Montaigne gibi bir insanın yaşamış olması, bütün şu yeryüzünde yaşamanın hazzını gerçekten artırıyor (Nietzsche).

MONTAIGNE,
-kendini vermeye her zaman hazırdır; kendini adamaya ise asla.
-kendi kişiliğinde, tüm zamanlar için geçerli insanı sergileyip anlatmıştır.
-Shakespeare'nin hocası, kralların danışmanı, kendi dilinin övünç kaynağı ve yeryüzündeki özgür düşüncenin koruyucusudur.
-en çok hoşlandığı şeyler, okumak, dostlarıyla tartışmak ve gezerek öğrenmektir.
-asıl zevki bul
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Sara
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, college
No hay nadie mejor que Stefan Zweig, ese vienés omnisapiente al que todo el mundo debería leer, para escribir una biografía sobre una figura tan inmensa como lo fue Montaigne. Sin pretensiones y tiñéndola de grandes reflexiones sobre sus propias circunstancias —exiliado en Brasil durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial—, es probablemente uno de los estudios biográficos más amenos que he leído nunca.
Melissa
I received an ARC from Pushkin Press through Edelweiss.

Stefan Zweig was forced to flee his home in Austria as the Nazis were taking control of his motherland. For years he wandered around Europe as a nomad with no real place to call home. As Europe is ravaged by war, he finds his way to the German community of Petropolis in Brazil and in 1941 he decides to write this brief biography of Michel de Montaigne with whose life he identifies on many levels.

Montaigne comes from a long line of hardworkin
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Sunny
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
I have to admit being a little biased with this book as Montaigne is my all time third favourite philosopher behind Socrates and Neechy. I liked this little book by Zweig and decided to read it having finished Chess Story not that long ago. The book is a very short book about the life of Michel De Montaigne. If you don’t know who Montaigne is then kindly defriend me (just kidding). He was basically a rich aristocratic dude born around the 15oos in France. I didn’t realise this but he was half Je ...more
Adem Yüce
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stefan Zweig, Nazi Almanyası'nda kitaplarının yakılmasının ardından, Erasmus'la başladığı içsel yolculuğuna yine bir hümanistle, Montaigne'le noktayı koyar. Montaigne, yazarın 1942'de hayatına son vermeyi seçmesiyle yarım kalan son eserlerinden biridir. Avrupa'yı Avrupa yapan filozof ve yazarları konu alan biyografiler üzerinden kendini anlama ve anlatma yolculuğunun Zweig için son uğrağıdır Montaigne.
. "Stefan Zweig, "En gönüllü ölüm, ölümlerin en güzelidir," diyen Montaigne'de kendini bulmuştu
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Anton
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gorgeous and evocative mini biography. Absolutely loved it!
Catherine
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read around Montaigne and now have tackled a bit of his writing with the delicate and sensitive help of Zweig. This book is a fine meditation on a freethinker’s life— especially for our chaotic days.
“He who thinks freely for himself, honors all freedom on earth.”
and conversely, “Que sais-je?”
James Smith
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A marvelous little study in which Zweig clearly casts Montaigne as a proto-Zweig. Also confirms that Montaigne, anticipating Rousseau, is the antithesis of Augustine--and yet also so close.
Simon Howard
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A little while ago, a friend told me to read Stefan Zweig and to start with his biography of Montaigne. This seemed like such a weirdly esoteric recommendation that it's sat on my "to read" list for ages. But it is wonderful!

This is a beautifully written and very short biography of a man who lived an astounding life at a pivotal moment in history. Zweig's prose - almost every line of which feels quotable - seems to capture the vital essence of someone who lived hundreds of years before him. Mont
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Roberto

E noi che ci lamentiamo della scarsa memoria…

Un uomo nobile d'animo, che ha rifiutato il mondo della politica, delle cariche, degli affari per mantenersi libero pensatore.
Un uomo che sembra volesse a tutti i costi evitare di mettersi in mostra, ma non per viltà ma per il desiderio di sviluppare la propria personalità e la propria unicità.
Tutti hanno limiti, debolezze e soggiaciono alla comune legge di vita e di morte, ma per Montaigne ognuno ha il suo peculiare modo di pensare.

Un uomo indipen
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Liam
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"In Europe's collective cultural achievement, its historic cornerstones laid by the genius of select individuals, Zweig saw the European ideal he treasured above all else." (18-9)

"Always, whatever his [Montaigne's] mode of living, he kept for himself alone the most authentic and subtle element of his being. He left the rest to prattle on, to move with the herd, to get borne aloft, to preach and parade; he left the world to follow its chaotic crazed paths and only concerned himself with one ting:
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Oscar
Hace unos años tuve ocasión de ver una serie documental presentada y escrita por Alain de Botton, basada en su libro 'Las consolaciones de la filosofía', que trataba de cómo la filosofía podía ayudarnos en nuestra vida diaria. La serie explicaba cómo las ideas de los filósofos se pueden aplicar a cualquier problema que tengamos. Dividida en varios capítulos, cada uno de ellos dedicado a un filósofo y a una idea concreta, hubo uno que me interesó especialmente, un hombre que vivió en una torre en ...more
Christos Vasmatzidis
Ο «Μονταίνιος», δεν είναι μία ακόμη βιογραφία, είναι κατ’ ουσίαν ο αντικατοπτρισμός της ψυχικής διάθεσης του Τσβάιχ, της απόγνωσης που προκαλείται από την διαπίστωση της συντριβής του πνεύματος, την παράδοσή του στη μισαλλοδοξία, που σημαίνει και την οριστική απώλεια της ελευθερίας.
Είναι λοιπόν ένα ψυχικό βίωμα ταύτισης που διατηρεί τόσο θερμή την επαφή του ανέλπιδου πλέον Τσβάιχ με τον ουμανιστή Μονταίνιο. Βιογραφώντας τον Μονταίνιο, προσπαθεί να ανιχνεύσει τρόπους υποστήριξης της πνευματικής κ
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Leonidas Oyaga
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aparte de otra exposición del dominio de Zweig de las palabras, "Montaigne" es un reflejo de la búsqueda de la esencia de la vida; a través de la vida de Michel de Montaigne, Zweig plantea unas preguntas que nos invitan a replantear nuestra manera de ver la vida: somos quienes realmente queremos ser? o somos producto de las circumstancias y situaciones que nos rodean? o acaso el punto medio entre estos dos caminos? Lo asombroso es que si bien Michel de Montaigne parece no haber llegado a una con ...more
Gordclements
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. I have read and enjoyed others books by Stefan Zweig. I really enjoyed Nietzsche. He has a tendency to choose difficult, humanistic and spiritual striving people to write about. Monataigne was a person, despite living over four hundred years ago, at a time of great difficulty following a time of great conflict and war, who embodied an evolutionary way. His writing reflects Montaigne’s attempt to understand and live in a way that was authentic in its being and that involved an ...more
Karen
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Stefan Zweig's writing. Just a couple of days ago, I read another biography of Montaigne, so it didn't take much for me download this short biography. What's interesting about this book is that Zweig wrote this near the end of his life, living in exile. He came across a copy of Montaigne's Essays.
It has certainly encouraged me to keep reading Montaigne.
Jeremy Egerer
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Toot toot! It's Montaigne, the bald man who was woken up with flute all his childhood. What did he do? Whatever he wanted. What did he want? To not do what everybody else wanted. How did this end? With him becoming one of the greatest and most inspiring thinkers of all time. Would he approve of this review? Absolutely not.
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Stefan Zweig was one of the world's most famous writers during the 1920s and 1930s, especially in the U.S., South America, and Europe. He produced novels, plays, biographies, and journalist pieces. Among his most famous works are Beware of Pity, Letter from an Unknown Woman, and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

Zweig studied in Austria, France
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