The first major literary presentation of Nostradamus's Prophecies, newly translated and edited by prizewinning 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 Prophecies outlasted most books from the Renaissance? This edition 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Translation
Preface to César
Epistle to Henri II
Five Hundred Years of Reading
Notes by RICHARD sieburtH