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Memoirs of a Breton Peasant
 
 
Author
Jean-Marie Deguignet.
Publisher Seven Stories  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781583226162
Pages/Publication Date 431/2004
Daedalus Item Code 31358
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Both a document of 19th-century French history and an extraordinary memoir as lively as an adventure novel, Jean-Marie Déguignet's account bristles with the curiosity of an alert, opinionated autodidact from the very lowest level of peasant society. Déguignet is unique not only as a reading and writing peasant, but also 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 during his long career. His voluminous notebooks were written from 1897 to 1904, and remain highly popular in France.

"What makes [the book] gripping reading is not only that it offers a rare view of 19th-century French society from the bottom up; it is also written from the perspective of a lifetime's experience. Thus, even during his final years, as Déguignet sits in a miserable garret filling page after page, he both suffers and celebrates his suffering as the price of his nonconformity."—NYTimes

 
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