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0199540039 / 9780199540037
Paperback
08/05/2008
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United Kingdom
20 cm 720 p.
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Reprint. This translation originally published: 2000.

'No one can write a man's life except himself.' In his Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher in Paris, to his wanderings as an exile, persecuted by governments and alienated from the world of modern civilization. In trying to explain who he was and how he came to be the object of others' admiration and abuse, Rousseau analyses with unique insight the relationship betweenan elusive but essential inner self and the variety of social identities he was led to adopt. The book vividly illustrates the mixture of moods and motives that underlie the writing of autobiography: defiance and vulnerability, self-exploration and denial, passion, puzzlement, and detachment. Above all,Confessions is Rousseau's search, through every resource of language, to convey what he despairs of putting into words: the personal quality of one's own existence.

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2ADF French, BGLA Autobiography: literary, DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

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