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Author Leys, Simon, 1935-2014, author, translator
Title Mort de Napoléon. English
The death of Napoleon / Simon Leys ; translated from the French by Patricia Clancy and Simon Leys
Imprint New York : New York Review Books, [2006]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  PQ2672.E99 M6713 2006    AVAILABLE    30610020486387
Descript 130 pages ; 21 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series New York Review Books classics
Note ""Ladies and gentlemen, alas! The Emperor is dead." The news from St. Helena goes out across Europe, but in fact Napoleon has not died. By means of an ingenious escape, he has returned to the Continent, leaving an impersonator on St. Helena, and it is this double who has unexpectedly and very problematically passed away. Traveling incognito, the emperor experiences a series of bizarre adventures that bring him face-to-face with the myth of Napoleon as it is disconcertingly played out in everyday life. After a visit to Waterloo and a near arrest at the French border, he eventually arrives in Paris, where he falls in with some veteran Bonapartists and visits an asylum where most of the inmates are laboring under the mistaken impression that they are he. Will Napoleon ever recapture his true identity? Who, in the end, is he, now that "the Emperor is dead"? Simon Leys's truculent, delightful fable poses these and other questions in a rare work of fiction that is continually surprising and effervescent"-- Provided by publisher
"First published in French in 1986 as La Mort de Napoléon by Hermann, Éditeurs des Sciences et des arts. Published in Australia by Black Inc.."--Title page verso
Subject Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 -- Fiction
FICTION / Biographical. bisacsh
FICTION / Alternative History. bisacsh
FICTION / Historical. bisacsh
Alternative histories (Fiction) gsafd
Alt Author Clancy, P. A., translator
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