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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (30 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691143730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691143736
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perpetual Euphoria is a beautiful essay. Lively, corrosive, brilliant.... [W]oven from pure emotion. -- Le Journal du Dimanche

A writer who has inherited the mantle of the French moralists' grand tradition. -- Le Monde

Pascal Bruckner's essay is a subtle attack, both scholarly and ironic, against the new obligation of being happy. -- La Croix

As an essayist in the tradition of Kundera and Montaigne, Bruckner has a bracing knack of distilling the attitudes of the contemporary moment and helping us appraise them anew. --The Age

"The happiness-promotion and happiness-backlash schools are locked today in a weird, symbiotic struggle. Weighing in on the side of the anti-happiness underdog is this sublime rhetorical performance by the novelist and philosophe Bruckner...Musing in terrific style on fun, boredom, and "the great disorganising power that is everyday life", Bruckner anatomises the self-defeating logic of attempted happiness revolutions" --Stephen Poole, The Guardian

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"Pascal Bruckner, the anti-Pangloss of our time, engagingly reminds us that it is better to lead a rich life with tears than a happy one lacking meaning."--Alan Wolfe, author of The Future of Liberalism

"Pascal Bruckner might well be the most distinguished essay writer in France today. He is both inordinately talented and prodigiously politically incorrect. No one better unmasks the pieties of the reigning intellectual cant. Whether one agrees or disagrees with him, he does the life of the mind an invaluable service."--Richard Wolin, author of The Wind from the East

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