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Memoirs of A Breton Peasant combines the discovery of a fascinating document of nineteenth-century history with an extraordinary life story. As lively as an adventure novel, the account bristles with the curiosity of an alert, opinionated autodidact from the very lowest level of peasant society, as Jean-Marie Déguignet moves through the world of his time.

Most records from nineteenth-century Brittany are the chronicles of and by the middle and upper classes—the formally educated, the advantaged. Déguignet is unique not only as a reading and writing peasant, but in his skepticism regarding the Church; his interest in science, astronomy, and languages; and in his keen—often caustic—observations of the world and people around him.

Born in 1834 near Quimper, in Brittany, to landless farmers, the young Déguignet was sent out several times a week to beg for the family’s food. After some adolescent years as a cowherd and a domestic speaking only Breton, he left the province as a soldier, avid for knowledge of the vast world. He taught himself Latin, then French, then Italian and Spanish; he read history and philosophy and politics and literature. He was sent to fight in the Crimean war, to attend at Napoleon III’s coronation ceremonies, to support Italy’s liberation struggle, and to defend the hapless French puppet emperor Maximilian in Mexico. He returned home to live as a tobacco farmer, falling back into dire poverty. Throughout the tale, Déguignet’s freethinking, almost anarchic views put him ahead of his time and often (sadly, for him) out of step with his fellows.

Déguignet’s voluminous notebooks, written from 1897 to 1904, have sold over two hundred sixty-five thousand copies to date in France.

Linda Asher (Translator), former fiction editor at The New Yorker, has previously translated into English Restif de la Bretonne, Victor Hugo, George Simenon, and Milan Kundera. The last book she translated for Seven Stories, Martin Winckler’s The Case of Dr. Sachs, won the French-American translation prize in 2001.

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A n autobiographical account of a mid-nineteenth century farmer/soldier/philosopher--a bestseller in France.

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Born in 1834 near Quimper, in Brittany, to landless farmers, the young JEAN-MARIE DÉGUIGNET was sent out several times a week to beg for the family's food. After spending some of his adolescent years as a cowherd and a domestic speaking only Breton, he left the province as a soldier, avid for knowledge of the vast world. He taught himself Latin, then French, then Italian and Spanish; he read history and philosophy and politics and literature. He was sent to fight in the Crimean war, to attend at Emperor Napoleon III's coronation ceremonies, to support Italy's liberation struggle, and to defend the hapless French puppet emperor Maximilian in Mexico; he came home to live as a model farmer, a tobacconist, falling back into dire poverty.

Synopsis:

A fascinating document of 19th-century history, this reads like an adventure novel and bristles with the curiosity and vigor of an alert, opinionated autodidact from the very lowest level of peasant society.

About the Author

Bernez Rouz, a member of the Arkae Association of Historical Research, has devoted his life to tracking down the complete set of the notebooks of Jean-Marie Déguignet, only a fraction of which had been on record for over a century. Linda Asher, a former fiction editor for The New Yorker, has translated into English many French-language writers, including Restif de la Bretonne, Victor Hugo, George Simenon, and Milan Kundera.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583226162
Translator:
Rouz, Bernez
Translator:
Asher, Linda
Author:
Rouz, Bernez
Author:
Asher, Linda
Author:
Deguignet, Jean-Marie
Author:
Dguignet, Jean-Marie
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Farmers
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Peasantry
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Church and state
Subject:
Brittany
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Church and state -- France.
Subject:
Soldiers - France
Subject:
France
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1260
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
A n autobiographical account of a mid-nineteenth century farmer/soldier/philosopher--a bestseller in France.
"Synopsis" by , Born in 1834 near Quimper, in Brittany, to landless farmers, the young JEAN-MARIE DÉGUIGNET was sent out several times a week to beg for the family's food. After spending some of his adolescent years as a cowherd and a domestic speaking only Breton, he left the province as a soldier, avid for knowledge of the vast world. He taught himself Latin, then French, then Italian and Spanish; he read history and philosophy and politics and literature. He was sent to fight in the Crimean war, to attend at Emperor Napoleon III's coronation ceremonies, to support Italy's liberation struggle, and to defend the hapless French puppet emperor Maximilian in Mexico; he came home to live as a model farmer, a tobacconist, falling back into dire poverty.
"Synopsis" by , A fascinating document of 19th-century history, this reads like an adventure novel and bristles with the curiosity and vigor of an alert, opinionated autodidact from the very lowest level of peasant society.
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