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Book Title: Ensayos I|
Date of issue: June 30th 2004
ISBN 13: 9788437605395
The author of the book: Michel de Montaigne
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 819 KB
Edition: Ediciones Cátedra
Read full description of the books Ensayos I:Los Ensayos de Montaigne, publicados en 1580, reimpresos y aumentados en 1582, 1588 y póstumamente en 1595, son una obra miscelánea en la cual tienen cabida las mas diversas reflexiones sobre lecturas y sobre su propia experiencia personal, enriquecida por sus largos viajes.
Montaigne fue un escritor barroco en el sentido de que no es posible encontrar en sus escritos un propósito lineal ni un objetivo definido. En los Ensayos, el autor anota sus opiniones y reflexiones sobre el hombre, el pensamiento, la moral, la vida y la muerte sin seguir un guion ni un esquema, agrupadas en capítulos muy genéricos. Su primera intención fue escribir una obra filosófica, heredera de los clásicos latinos, pero a medida que va engrosándose su experiencia personal, y después de las abundantes variaciones y ampliaciones, va derivando hacia una verdadera preparación para el bien morir. Pensar la muerte posibilita nuestra libertad y la reflexión dota a la libertad de saber.
Read information about the authorMichel Eyquem de Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Montaigne is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography — and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts") contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers the world over, from William Shakespeare to René Descartes, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Stephan Zweig, from Friedrich Nietzsche to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He was a conservative and earnest Catholic but, as a result of his anti-dogmatic cast of mind, he is considered the father, alongside his contemporary and intimate friend Étienne de La Boétie, of the 'anti-conformist' tradition in French literature.
In his own time, Montaigne was admired more as a statesman then as an author. The tendency in his essays to digress into anecdotes and personal ruminations was seen as detrimental to proper style rather than as an innovation, and his declaration that, 'I am myself the matter of my book', was viewed by his contemporaries as self-indulgent. In time, however, Montaigne would be recognized as embodying, perhaps better than any other author of his time, the spirit of freely entertaining doubt which began to emerge at that time. He is most famously known for his skeptical remark, 'Que sais-je?' ('What do I know?').
Remarkably modern even to readers today, Montaigne's attempt to examine the world through the lens of the only thing he can depend on implicitly — his own judgment — makes him more accessible to modern readers than any other author of the Renaissance. Much of modern literary non-fiction has found inspiration in Montaigne, and writers of all kinds continue to read him for his masterful balance of intellectual knowledge and personal story-telling.
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