The Prophecies

The Prophecies

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The predictions of the sixteenth-century French astrologer Nostradamus have long proved captivating. He 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. A revelatory new translation with the original French on facing pages, this edition also features extensive introductory and supplementary material, all helping to illuminate the cultural, political, and historical forces that resonate throughout Nostradamus's epic and give it its visionary power.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Reprint, Bilingual
  • 0143107232
  • 9780143107231
  • 108,571

About Nostradamus

Nostradamus (1503-1566) was a French doctor, astrologer, and seer believed to have predicted major world events. Richard Sieburth (translator) 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 (introducer) 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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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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