Available in an unabridged English translation for the first time in more than a century, Memoirs from Beyond the Grave is an epic autobiography of Chateaubriand, the aristocratic Frenchman who lived through the beginning of the French Revolution and who would become the founder of the Romantic movement in Europe.
Franpois-RenU de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), a writer, historian, and diplomat, is considered one of France's first Romantic authors.
Alex Andriesse is a writer and translator. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, and western Massachusetts.
Anka Muhlstein was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1996 for her biography of Astolphe de Custine, and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy.
"What distinguishes [Memoirs from Beyond the Grave]...is less its historical overview of the turbulence that preceded Napoleon's rise to power than Chateaubriand's examination of his own character and feelings amid multiple setbacks. Indeed, it is the lyricism and intimacy of his language, convincingly translated here by Alex Andriesse, that made Chateaubriand a precursor of French Romanticism." ----Alan Riding, The New York Times Book Review
"This memoir, ably translated by Andriesse with an introduction from historian Anka Muhlstein, reveals to English-speaking readers the famously aphoristic and flamboyant style that other French writers, including Baudelaire and Proust, admired and sought to emulate." --Publishers Weekly
"The best autobiography ever written. . . . The old viscount could write one hell of a sentence. It's an incredible book." --Paul Auster, The Book of Illusions
"Chateaubriand's Memoirs. . . are his Arc de Triomphe, and may yet prove more lasting than their equivalent in stone." --Adam Kirsch
"To read Chateaubriand is to witness the subjective and yet comprehensive unfolding of a society's change: of customs, prospects, ethics, conventions. He stands (as in the famous portrait by Girodet) on the farther shore." --Alberto Manguel
"The Memoirs from Beyond the Grave [...] encapsulate and bring to perfect mastery all the linguistic registers that their author had by turns attempted: epic, tragic, elegiac, lyric, oratorical, narrative, descriptive - like an evening rainbow over a Venetian lagoon." -Marc Fumaroli
"A Romantic classic." --BBC News, Paris