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The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence

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Publisher Comments:

A classic on power to stand alongside Machiavelli and Marcus Aurelius.

With aphorisms ranging from "find everyone's weak spot" to "quit whilst fortune is smiling, as all good gamblers do," this engrossing classic of the Spanish Golden Age offers pragmatic, hardheaded, and coldly- calculated advice on how to thrive in a cut-throat world. Its three hundred maxims were originally written in Spanish more than four hundred years ago and are as applicable to modern life as they are to the dynamics of Spanish Baroque society.

About the Author

Balthasar Gracian (1601-1658) entered the Society of Jesus in 1619, was ordained in 1627, and took his final vows in 1635. A college teacher, confessor to the viceroy of Aragon, and sometime army chaplain, he became one of the great Spanish stylists and moralists of all time.

Jeremy Robbins is Forbes Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780141442457
Author:
Gracian, Balthasar
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Robbins, Jeremy
Introduction by:
Robbins, Jeremy
Introduction:
Robbins, Jeremy
Author:
Robbins, Jeremy
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.12 x 0.45 in 0.31 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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