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31 Dec 2013 Penguin Classics
The first major literary presentation of Nostradamus's "Prophecies," newly translated and edited by prizewinning scholars The mysterious quatrains of the sixteenth-century French astrologer Nostradamus have long proved captivating for their predictions. Nostradamus has been credited with anticipating the Great Fire of London, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the September 11 terrorist attacks. Today, as the world grapples with financial meltdowns, global terrorism, and environmental disasters--as well as the Mayan prediction of the apocalypse on December 21, 2012--his prophecies of doom have assumed heightened relevance. How has "The Prophecies" outlasted most books from the Renaissance? This edition considers its legacy in terms of the poetics of the quatrains, published here in a brilliant new translation and with introductory material and notes mapping the cultural, political, and historical forces that resonate throughout Nostradamus's epic, giving it its visionary power.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Rep Blg edition (31 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143107232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143107231
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 912,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Freshly translated [and] stamped with the approval of the editors of the venerable Penguin Classics series ... this new dual-language edition of The Prophecies, translated by the excellent Richard Sieburth, makes a case for Nostradamus as a poet of sweep and impact (Dwight Garner The New York Times)

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Nostradamus (1503-1566) was a French doctor, astrologer, and seer believed to have predicted major world events.Richard Sieburth is an award-winning translator of works by Henri Michaux, Michel Leiris, George Buchner, Walter Benjamin, and Friedrich Holderlin. His translation for Penguin Classics of Gerard de Nerval's "Selected Writings" won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Translation Prize. Sieburth teaches French and comparative literature at New York University.Stephane Gerson is an award-winning historian of modern France and the author of "Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom." He teaches French history at New York University.

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