Rameau's Nephew and First Satire

Denis Diderot Margaret Mauldon Nicholas Cronk


Rameau's Nephew and First Satire

Rameau's Nephew and First Satire

  • Title: Rameau's Nephew and First Satire
  • Author: Denis Diderot Margaret Mauldon Nicholas Cronk
  • ISBN: 9780199539994
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback



In his brilliant and witty dialogue, Denis Diderot invents a chance encounter in a Paris cafe between two acquaintances Their talk ranges broadly across art, music, education, and the contemporary scene, as the nephew of composer Rameau, amoral and bohemian, alternately shocks and amuses the moral, bourgeois figure of his interlocutor Exuberant and highly entertaining, tIn his brilliant and witty dialogue, Denis Diderot invents a chance encounter in a Paris cafe between two acquaintances Their talk ranges broadly across art, music, education, and the contemporary scene, as the nephew of composer Rameau, amoral and bohemian, alternately shocks and amuses the moral, bourgeois figure of his interlocutor Exuberant and highly entertaining, the dialogue exposes the corruption of society in Diderot s characteristic philosophical exploration The debates of the French Enlightenment speak to us vividly in this sparkling new translation, which also includes the only English translation of First Satire, a related work that provides the context for Rameau s Nephew, Diderot s second satire Edited by distinguished translator Margaret Mauldon, with lively introduction and notes by Nicholas Cronk, the edition includes, for the first time in English, extracts from Goethe s commentary on this seminal Enlightenment work It will prove a valuable addition to the library to any lover of French literature About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .


Recent Comments "Rameau's Nephew and First Satire"

Some editions lump this with D’Alembert’s Dream, others with “other works”—helpful!—but this Oxford Classics edition includes First Satire (some eleven pages). As the one-star rating makes plain, me no likey. Rameau’s Nephew is a rambling conversation between ‘ME’ and ‘HIM’ that feels like an indulgence, written very much for Diderot’s cultural circle, and a very dry run for Jacques the Fatalist. The bantering leans towards the philosophical, and far from being a philisti [...]

Why would someone like Diderot, who could presumably have published a record of his own bowel movements and had at least a few people read all about it, decide not to publish a fairly amusing, often insightful text like RN, that clearly required a lot of work? One reason might be that it's kind of a mess, which is fitting, since the Nephew himself is kind of a mess, but the other reviews on suggest that it doesn't add much to the reading experience. Or, maybe Diderot was a bit worried about the [...]

Before I became a regular here at I used to while away my internet hours at chessgames. There, we discussed, watched and analyzed great chess games, some of them even while being played live in different parts of the world. But as in other social sites conversations among kibitzers were inevitable. And this was where the arresting beauty of chess was, to me, somehow neutralized: when the chess players began to talk (electronically).I had thought this is a new phenomenon in this age of internet [...]

3.5 stars. Rameau’s Nephew is a scathing satirical exposé of a “great man” -- reminding me of Fielding’s Jonathan Wild, an earlier ironic celebration of a “great man” whose criminality was a political shot at Robert Walpole. Diderot’s treatment of such a man takes the form of a dialogue between a fictionalized version of himself and the title character, who might or might not be Diderot’s dark doppelgänger. I read a few different scholarly introductions to get a better feel for [...]

Goethe, after translating this into German, admitted that he had no idea what this was about, only that it challenged our preconceptions and accepted values to their core. His judgement still stands. Anyone who claims to understand this book needs to read it again; its dialogue sprawls over every imaginable topic, always challenging ideas, prodding them, sometimes accepting them but quickly jumping to the next one, lest we dwell too much on one idea and miss out on the feast before us.

Sinceramente, não lembro o porquê de ter comprado esse livro. Acho que estava pesquisando o Iluminismo, e me interessei por Diderot, que foi figura importante no movimento, ainda que não tenha escrito muito (fora sua participação na Enciclopédia). O Sobrinho de Rameau é sua obra mais conhecida. O livro é interessante; sua discussão crítica sobre a ética foi de certa forma revolucionária na época, embora hoje em dia certamente não chocaria ninguém. Há partes interessantes, mas que [...]

Book deals with subjects of great intellectual profundity and at the same time, too paltry to be written in a book. Though, book could to some readers such as myself, appear quite complex in structure and subjectivity due to no resemblance whatsoever in nativity, culture, interests, time period of what book seems to depict, but is worth a read after all. It was written in periods, when ample stress for entertainment, patronization, nationalism was laid on delicate fine arts, such as music, art, [...]

Not really my cup of tea. A dialogue between two French men which seemed mostly about what it takes to be a good musician. Loads of references to artists and performers who I was not familiar with. Felt very dated. One or two pithy comments but hardly a weighty tome in ny view.

I read Rameau's Nephew in around six hours, and I could only do so because it was less of a philosophical feeling book than one of interesting, amusing, and insightful observations. This book is probably one of the more entertaining books I had to read for my Enlightenment and Critics class.

Оказывается, "достоевщина" была изобретена не Достоевским, а совсем другим автором, и на сто лет раньше. Разговоры про особенности французской оперы 18-го века сегодня вряд ли кому-либо могут быть понятны, но в остальном чтение увлекательное.

Great book, I highly recommend the read.

Read most of this. Started fiery-like but fizzled for me thanks maybe in part to holiday distractions.


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