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Satyre seconde. Le Neveu de Rameau

Edited by Marian HOBSON

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Diderot’s mysterious dialogue has fascinated many: Goethe, Hegel, Engels, Freud. But is it a dialogue at all, or rather a novel? In fact it is both. A bohemian musician and a rather stiff and straightforward philosopher meet, and wander around their subjects, debating this and that. All this occurs within a tale describing the scene, the gestures and the mimicries of the Neveu and his pantomimes. The characters talk morality, politics, aesthetics, and especially music and opera. Their conversation is satirical: they pin down and name bankers and “celebrities”, journalists and actresses. A mixture and a masterpiece: the Ancien Régime is dissolving into mismanagement, waste and corruption. Yet the discussion about music hints at new ways of being that are more inward, more subtle, and released from conventions of feeling. Turn by turn deep and then almost frivolous, cruel and then affectionate, enthusiastic and then anxious, Diderot allows his invention full rein, moving from upsetting paradoxes to intuitions that inspire us. The reader is disconcerted: where is he, who is he? Unlike Rousseau, his former friend, he escapes us, his thought eludes us.

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Satyre seconde. Le Neveu de Rameau

Satyre seconde. Le Neveu de Rameau

Diderot’s mysterious dialogue has fascinated many: Goethe, Hegel, Engels, Freud. But is it a dialogue at all, or not rather a novel? In fact it is both. A musician who is something of a hippy and a rather stiff and straightforward philosopher meet, and wander round their subjects, debating this and that.

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Title Satyre seconde. Le Neveu de Rameau
Edition First Edition
Volume 624
By (author) Denis DIDEROT
Edited by Marian HOBSON
ISSN 0257-4063
Issue 1
Language Français
Title First Published 10/1/2013
Includes Index; Bibliography
 
Format Paperback/softback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-01737-4
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600017374
Reference no. 1-624
Publication Date 10/1/2013
Nb of pages XLII - 302
Illustrations 5 illustrations
Illustrations, black and white, Illustrations, color
Dimensions 115 x 180 cm
Weight 430 gr
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