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The Black Room at Longwood: Napoleon's Exile on Saint Helena

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Publisher Comments:

Like his subject, Napoleon, author Jean-Paul Kauffmann has experienced captivity, as a three-year hostage in Beirut. He brings his insider's knowledge to this moving account of the most famous French soldier's last years in seclusion on a tropical island. After his defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon was exiled and imprisoned by the British on the island of St. Helena. He became increasingly withdrawn, surviving on a diet of memories that he recounted to the few people around him. But the book — part history, part travelogue — portrays the leader as a prisoner also of his mind, poisoned by nostalgia for his triumphs and grief over his defeats. "A haunting, unforgettable book....Kauffmann captures the desolate atmosphere of Napoleon's last home with evocative precision." — Boston Globe

Book News Annotation:

When Kauffman was working as a French foreign correspondent in the middle 1980s, he was imprisoned in Beirut for three years, much of the time chained and often blindfolded in a dark basement. But he does not talk about that here. Rather he chronicles his voyage to the isolated British island off the coast of Africa where Napoleon spent his last seven in exile and captivity. Shifting back and forth between the 19th and 20th centuries, his account is part travelogue, part history, and part meditation on confinement. People who have no present or future, he concludes, must live in the past. He includes a bibliography but no index. The original l<`e>ne/> was published in 1997 by La Table Ronde.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568581286
Subtitle:
Napoleon's Exile on Saint Helena
Translator:
Clancy, Patricia Marie
Translator:
Clancy, Tom
Author:
Kauffmann, Jean-Paul
Author:
Clancy, Patricia Marie
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
France
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Napoleon i, emperor of the french, 1769-1821
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Saint Helena.
Subject:
Saint Helena Description and travel.
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 293-295.
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.57x5.83x1.32 in. 1.22 lbs.

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