The Prophecies: A Dual-language Edition with Parallel Text

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Penguin Books, 2012 - Poetry - 351 pages

In time for the end of the world- The first major literary presentation of Nostradamus's Prophecies, newly translated and edited by prize-winning 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 Propheciesoutlasted most books from the Renaissance? This edition finds answers in the historical context from which it emerged - the founding moment of Western modernity, and era of great upheaval marked by the Protestant Reformation, the sack of Rome, Ottoman advances, the Copernican revolution, the discovery of the Americans, and the accelerated dissemination of ideas with the development of the printing press - and in the poetics of its quatrains, whose cadences and apocalyptic strains are considered in terms of Virgil, Dante, Blake, Rimbaud, Yeats, and Pound.

A revelatory new translation with the original French on facing pages, this edition also features extensive introductory and supplementary material - including a fascinating catalog of the verses that have provoked the most speculation over the centuries, and the historical events they've been used to explain - all helping to illuminate the cultural, political, and historical forces that resonate throughout Nostradamus's epic and give it its visionary power.

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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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Nostradamus wrote such enigmatic quatrains that it's anyone's guess what he meant. Then throw in a translator and who knows what he said? If you like to discover meaning in what could be meaningless, read this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Nandakishore_Varma - LibraryThing

I think the predictions are silly, and the interpretations far-fetched; but some of the quatrains are spooky. So as a horror afficionado I enjoyed it! Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Nostradamus was born in the south of France in 1503 and studied at the University of Avignon, until an outbreak of plague forced him to leave. He enrolled in the University of Montpellier but was subsequently expelled. In subsequent years he worked as an apothecary and published his most famous book, Les Propheties (The Prophecies), the first edition of which appeared in 1555. He died in 1566. Richard Sieburth is a translator, essayist, editor, and literary scholar. He has gained widespread recognition for his numerous translations from both German and French literature, receiving a number of awards and prizes for his work. Sieburth is considered an authority on literary modernism, particularly the life and work of Ezra Pound. He has taught at many institutions of higher learning, serving as a professor of French and comparative literature at New York University.

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