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La Tentation de Saint Antoine [PDF / Epub] ☉ La Tentation de Saint Antoine Author Gustave Flaubert – Née de la rencontre avec un tableau de Bruegel et du souvenir des spectacles forains de la foire Saint Romain à Rouen La Tentation de saint Antoine résume la diablerie romantiue ses monstres ses ob Née de de Saint ePUB ´ la rencontre avec un tableau de Bruegel et du souvenir des spectacles forains de la foire Saint Romain à Rouen La Tentation de Saint Antoine résume la diablerie romantiue ses monstres ses obsessions ses ténèbres Oeuvre de toute ma vie disait Flaubert elle est aussi le cabinet secret de son esprit selon Baudelaire ui voulait surtout attirer l'attention du lecteur sur cette faculté souffrante souterraine et révoltée ui traverse toute l'oeuvre ce filon ténébreux ui illumine et ui sert de guide à travers ce carphanaüm pandémoniaue de la solitude.

  • Paperback
  • 343 pages
  • La Tentation de Saint Antoine
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • French
  • 24 September 2016
  • 9782070341412

About the Author: Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert de Saint ePUB ´ December – May is counted among the greatest Western novelists He was born in Rouen Seine Maritime in the Haute Normandie Region of FranceFlaubert's curious modes of composition favored and were emphasized by these peculiarities He worked in sullen solitude sometimes occupying a week in the completion of one page never satisfied with what he had composed.

10 thoughts on “La Tentation de Saint Antoine

  1. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    The Creation of Literary SpaceMahler’s last symphony is about the history of European music if it is about anything at all Velasuez’s painting Las Meninas is not primarily about the Infanta princess but about the life of an artist in the royal Spanish court of the 17th century And Flaubert’s Temptation is only incidentally about the Egyptian saint; it’s real subject is books and the way they affect our human existence All these works expand what constitutes artistic endeavour They create new genres by commenting upon and exploiting previous artistic achievementsFlaubert called the Temptation “the work of my entire life” That life was devoted to literature So what else could the book be about than the books he had read the ones he had intended to read and even the ones he had never heard of Books after all were his life just as music was Mahler’s and painting Velasuez’s Temptation is an autobiography masuerading as a religious myth Not unlike Evelyn Waugh’s novel Helena a century later Temptation is a masue that is to say Flaubert’s most deeply considered persona his best self assessment It took him three decades to write Perhaps therefore the book was his own form of psycho therapyThe introduction by Michel Foucault in my edition is really essential to Flaubert’s text In it Foucault points out the inspiration for Temptation in Breughel’s eponymous painting Flaubert’s interpretation of that painting is profoundly insightful As Anthony sits assiduously reading the Bible in his desert cave he is surrounded by elegant ladies and grotesue demons These are obviously hallucinatory embodiments of his temptations and he is apparently warding them off through his bible study What is not immediately obvious is that these beings have emerged from his reading from the Bible itself Or perhaps accurately these strange creatures erupt from the written word of the holiest of books through Anthony’s imagination Advancing through his creativity from the Bible the temptations then fill his world with alluring delights and horrid spectres Paradoxically therefore the comfort Anthony seeks is the precisely the source of his need for comfortThis interpretation might seem unwarranted at first The Bible creating distractions from contemplation of the Word of God appears as a contradiction And it is just that a contradiction embedded in the Christian doctrine with which Flaubert was very familiar It is a contradiction articulated explicitly by the chief architect of the Christian religion St Paul Among the many contradictions taught by Paul that of the inherent danger of Scripture is most disconcerting for the believer Flaubert clearly took Paul seriouslyIn the seventh chapter of his letter to the Romans Paul says clearly “If there were no law sin would not have power” The law he is referring to of course is that of the Torah the first five books of the Judaic and Christian Bible in which not only the Ten Commandments but also the other 411 divine ordinances are contained In Paul’s mind the Torah didn’t just define evil it promoted it in a sense by publicising it Flaubert transforms this still controversial Pauline insight into an eually radical thesis about his own lifeBoth St Paul and Flaubert undermine a common presumption namely that we as users of words books and language in general have control over words books and language Of course we do not These things we like to think simply inform inspire or develop our uniue intellects But their principal function is in fact to shape us to ensure that we conform to conventional norms not just of vocabulary and grammar and appropriate usage but also of the categories and processes by which we think Our conceits about words books and language ‘representing’ reality and stating ‘truth’ about either the world or ourselves are unfounded We are created utterly by what we read and hear We do not choose what we read and hear; it chooses us; and creates the illusion that what we next randomly hear and read is somehow a matter of choice So Flaubert’s Temptation is a uniue biography not of Anthony who is but one of the people places and things Flaubert has read and heard about It is a biography composed of books allusions to which permeate his entire text These are the books which have influenced him and established his uniue personality They are he Or rather he is they Certainly it is his native gifts which have processed these books and which perhaps promoted his receptivity to them But it is the books themselves which have filled the space afforded by those gifts For the rest of us as Foucault says Flaubert showed us what this new literary space is The Temptation is a sort of statement of discovery of that space as significant a discovery as made by any explorer And we all can participate in it The Bible never mentions the creation of space by God Undoubtedly the ancient writers considered it as ‘no thing’ Perhaps on the other hand this is because this grand creative function was reserved by God for human beings particularly human beings like Mahler Velasuez and Flaubert

  2. Manny Manny says:

    At age 24 Flaubert saw Bruegel's painting The Temptation of Saint Anthony and decided he would turn it into a play Like all his literary projects he took it very seriously He wanted to describe a third century hermit sitting on a mountain top in the Egyptian desert and being tempted by the Devil and he spent most of the rest of his life writing and rewriting it; the final version came out nearly thirty years later only a few years before his death It's a poetic dream and it's one of the weirdest things I've ever read It took me a while to get into it At first I think I was expecting it to make sense in an obvious way which it doesn't About halfway through I found that just reading it appreciating the sound and the images was enjoyable Flaubert succeeds in capturing the logic of a dream and I also started believing in his picture of Anthony's mind When you're a saint you spend most of your time thinking about God and trying to get closer to Him But you also think about many other things and often you aren't sure what brings you closer to God and what is just pride and lust in disguise It's natural to compare with TS Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral which could have been partially inspired by Flaubert's book In Eliot's version it's usually pretty clear when Thomas is being tempted In Flaubert it often isn't clear at all Several times he believed and I believed too that Jesus was speaking to him and then it turned out to be the Devil in one of his many subtle forms And these were really good temptations Sex keeps coming up and the sexy bits are very sexy When the Devil starts pointing out all the mistakes and inconsistencies in Holy Writ he doesn't pull his punches You can feel Anthony's pain as he wonders how to reconcile this with his faith that the Bible is God's word The Devil explains a host of enticing heresies and they are so enticing that even commentators who have spent years thinking about this book aren't sure There's a passage which explains the mystical nature of the Word and one commentator calls it deep poetic truth; another says it's clever but not serious I think that's absolutely right Anthony is meant to be confused and we're meant to be confused with himI do not myself believe in God but I was moved by this portrayal of the religious world view from the inside Right now religion is being cheapened by people who cynically use it to achieve their worldly ends Gustave Flaubert thank you for reminding me that there's to it than the Christian Right and for trying to show us the beauty and terror of God's true form It's an impossible task but I think you got as close as any mortal is likely to come

  3. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    The Temptation of Saint Anthony is a work of stunning literary as opposed to theological erudition Flaubert carefully reviews the pagan religious systems of Greece Rome and Egypt and touches on seemingly every significant Christian heresy active during the life time of Saint Anthony Among the ones that I could recognize were Apollinarism Montanism Gnosticism Docetism Melchisedechism Monophysitism Nestorianism and Donatism He may well discuss many that I cannot recognize Finally Flaubert examines other Eastern religions such as Mithraism Zoroastrism and Mazdism that arrived in Rome roughly at the same time as Christianity When Flaubert confronted Saint Anthony with Buddha I assumed he had committed an anachronism However when I checked on the Web I learned that Buddhism had in fact been written about in various Gnostic texts In other words I am snookered However faulty Flaubert' s erudition may be it is clearly vastly superior to mineAt the time Flaubert was writing none of his sources would have been translated from the original latin Flaubert was obviously very proficient in this language He does not at any point however strike the reader as being a trained theologian This book is extremely difficult One needs a very strong background in the religious life of Roman Egypt in the the 3rd Century AD to make sense of what Flaubert is trying to say Everyone can understand that Saint Anthony endured great physical deprivations In Flaubert's view St Anthony suffered most of all from guilt for having considered many of the heretical doctrines that were rampant in his era

  4. Gabrielle Dubois Gabrielle Dubois says:

    The temptation of Saint Anthony is Flaubert's entire life’s work He had had the first idea of it in 1845 in Genoa Italy by watching a painting by Breughel The Temptations of Saint Anthony Besides in the descriptions of the book we find many of Breughel's paintings Since that time he hasn’t stopped thinking about itIn 1846 Flaubert launched into immense readings without any apparent goal but all of which gravitated or less around the Greco Latin antiuity and led by infinite detours on this terrible subject Saint AnthonyFlaubert works on his Saint Antoine episodically all his life long He wants to get into the skin of Saint Anthony This is also a book that mustn’t fail to write I know what's missing now but it takes time time In 1869 Flaubert starts again working on his Saint Anthony He devours ecclesiastical memoirs and the Fathers of the Church He wants to find a logical link between the various hallucinations of the Saint This extravagant environment pleases himBut happen the death of his friend Louis Bouilhet and the Franco German war of 1870 Flaubert is morally depressed He can no read and writeThen he gets used to what is the natural state of man that is to say to misfortune and he works once in his Saint AnthonyIn April 1872 Flaubert's mother died Saint Antoine bothers its author like life itself I'd need enthusiasm to finish it he writesIn June The Temptation of Saint Anthony is finally ended I'm done with this work that has been my job for twenty five yearsFlaubert’s work is slated by criticism in the pressPersonally it was not easy for me to read The Temptation of Saint Anthony To truly appreciate it one must probably be as erudite as Flaubert in matters of religion religions history of Greco Roman antiuity and I am notBut what does it matter if just like this poor Saint Anthony sometimes I lost myself in this fantastic tohubohu of ideas and images For Flaubert made me suffer like the holy man; I made his dreams I suffered his nightmares I lived his hallucinationsBut I also met the temptress ueen of Sheba « I am not a woman I am a world My cloak has only to fall in order that thou mayest discover a succession of mysteries »She offers Saint Anthony all she has and the list is long 😊« Do you want the shield of Dgian ben Dgian who built the pyramids? There it is Upon one side are represented all the wars that have taken place since the invention of weapons; and upon the other all the wars that will take place until the end of the world »The whole world in a woman all the wars of the world on a shield Aren’t these sentences simple perfect a jewel of thought ?But the holy man is strong Hilarion says to him « All the Capital Sins came hither But their wretched snares can avail nothing against such a Saint as you » And he adds Hypocrite burying thyself in solitude only in order the fully to abandon thyself to the indulgence of thy envious desires What if thou dost deprive thyself of meats of wine of warmth of bath of slaves or honours?—dost thou not permit thy imagination to offer thee banuets perfumes women and the applause of multitudes? Thy chastity is but a subtle form of corruption and thy contempt of this world is but the impotence of thy hatred against it Either this it is that makes such as thyself so lugubrious or else 'tis doubt The possession of truth giveth joy Was Jesus sad? Did he not travel in the company of friends repose beneath the shade of olive trees enter the house of the publican drink many cups of wine pardon the sinning woman and assuage all sorrows? Thou—thou hast no pity save for thine own misery It is like a remorse that gnaws thee a savage madness that impels thee to repel the caress of a dog or to frown upon the smile of a childI uite agree with HilarionThere are so many interesting thoughts like this one Is not the word of God confirmed for us by miracles? Nevertheless the magicians of Pharaoh performed miracles; other imposters can perform them; one may be thereby deceived What then is a miracle? An event which seems to us outside of nature But do we indeed know all of Nature's powers; and because a common occurrence causes us no astonishment does it therefore follow that we understand it »Or this one Tertullien thinks that Jesus’ face was wild and repulsive; forasmuch as he had burthened himself with all the crimes all the woes all the deformities of mankindBut Saint Anthony replies Oh no no I imagine on the contrary that his entire person must have been glorious with a beauty greater than the beauty of manAnd you ? what do you think ?Finally What is the purpose of all this? Antoine asksThere is no goal the devil answers Things happen to you only through your mind Like a concave mirror it deforms objects and you lack all means to verify their accuracy You’ll never know the universe in its full extent; therefore you cannot get an idea of its cause have a fair notion of God or even say that the universe is infinite The form is perhaps an error of your senses the substance an imagination of your thought Unless the world being a perpetual flow of things the appearance on the contrary is all that is most true; the illusion the only reality

  5. Paul E. Morph Paul E. Morph says:

    I shamefacedly admit that I don't read a lot of work that wasn't originally written in English The reason being that I almost always feel like something is lost in translation and that bugs the shit out of me For some authors though one has to make an exceptionAs far as I can tell from my admittedly embarrassing monolingual viewpoint this is a good translation It reads fluidly and naturally and from what I've read about Flaubert's writing style seems to be true to the author's methodologyWhile this novel doesn't really have what modern readers would consider to be a conventional narrative; the titular protagonist is essentially a passive observer throughout and his only real action is to actively choose not to act; one can't help but be swept up in the wonderful kalaedoscope of supernatural imagery Flaubert conjures up The descriptions are concise yet stylistically perfect You can visualise all the otherworldly goings on extremely vividly and there can be no doubt Flaubert is a masterful craftsmanWhy only three stars then?Well not to use the old 'it's not you it's me' excuse but Antony's plight just failed to connect with me on an emotional or intellectual level It's probably because the conflict in this book is a crisis of religious faith and that is not something I've ever experienced I wasn't raised to be religious in any way and my interest in religion is therefore an entirely anthropological one One's religious faith can't be tested if you've never had any in the first place which leaves me entirely unable to empathise with AntonyFlaubert also lost points with me for asserting that science is the work of the devil That's just a step too far in the direction of wilful ignorance for me to swallow with a smileStill all this aside this is still well worth a read for Flaubert's writing chops alone

  6. Aravindakshan Narasimhan Aravindakshan Narasimhan says:

    I read Flaubert took 30 years to finish this It shows He has gone as far as to mention the dasavathar of vishnu duality detailing the image of lord padmanaba a form of vishnu ganesha karthikeya muruga and lord buddha For a westerner of that time these would have been obscure cults from the world of men who were naked and bathed in the ashes of cow dung Interestingly even for the people at the time of flaubert the gods and cults of greco Roman empires; Egyptian deserts; the religions which were at conflict with early christianity; philosophies within christianity which were at odds at each other; numerous cults and religions of east; mythical animals and floraand numerous others that I lost count of would have been foreign unless the person had been informed or had studied the history of religion right from Mesopotamia Greece Egypt and till indiaI think flaubert couldn't lay his hands on Chinese gods and cultsAlso I am just wondering about the anthropological developments of his time which would have deeply enriched in adding volumes to his work if he had read them too For a reader who isn't interested in these obscure gods and cults and philosophieshe or she can enjoy the sheer beauty of imagery amply provided by the cults themselves and the surrealist bent of things that flicks past stanthony eyes Oh And flaubert has flouted the usual norms of finishing the book with an extended period of grace Though he did finish as we all would expect with the image of christ but it is a just a sentence or two like a muttering for a book that goes in pain in mentioning and describing all imaginable cults of stantony's time What I mean is for a long period of torment stantony is subjected one would expect the book would end with a grace of truth of one true godthe jesus falling on him stressed strongly by the help of dramaturgyThat would have been the convention But that wasn't the caseThis is my first Flaubert and I know this may not be the ideal choice But never the less I did enjoy

  7. Katelis Viglas Katelis Viglas says:

    If one tries to read this novel when he is young probably he will fail to see its significance It is an excelent representation and dramatization of Saint Antoine's life It is certain that Saint Athanasius the first biographer of the famous Saint wasn't so much informed and erudite as regards matters of heresis Of cours it is about fantasy and fiction but it is exactly beacause of writer's poetic licence and deep erudition that the person of Saint Antoine is enlightened; we can see it behind his temptations which are not only those of the flesh They are religious temptations mostly and temptations of knowledge and faith In his abysse of mind and soul the saint is purified by the divine grace The dark night of Saint Antoine the night of his soul is full of flashes of lighting The history of the church the ancient history and religion ancient terrors from depths of East are there present for a little time to torture his mindThe strange and the bizzare intend not only to please the reader but also to remind the difficult course of the Western civilization in order to make humans not only humans but also divine The struggle of historical battles is transferred inside to the heart of man

  8. Justin Evans Justin Evans says:

    This is a pretty damn weird book in the best possible way You always hear about Flaubert as a realist Flaubert as wanting to write a novel about nothing Flaubert as being obsessed with form and so on Well this was published 17 years after Madame Bovary and is not exactly a realist novel It's like a medieval passion play with historical people rather than personifications First Antony is tempted by biblical characters the ueen of Sheba Nebuchadnezzar then he confronted by heretics and theologians Marcion various Gnostics Origen and pretty much everyone else and finally he's given a vision of most of the gods anyone could be acuainted with by the 19th century I don't really know who to recommend this to except a friend of mine who is writing a dissertation on someone who was obsessed with gnosticism and another who's a junkie for church history On the other hand it's fascinating and moving And everyone should read it especially if you're into books which really don't have many precedents Faust aside

  9. Mala Mala says:

    35 starsMy head is still hurting It's said that Flaubert had read nearly 1500 books for Bouvard and Pécuchet I wouldn't be surprised if he read just as many for this one

  10. Michael Perkins Michael Perkins says:

    This is a very strange book I read the Penguin edition which has a 50 page introduction I learned that Flaubert worked on this book on and off for 25 years and wrote several different versions before arriving at this one The intro explained that the Antony in this book is the polar opposite to the one portrayed by the Church Fathers The former is portrayed as a genuine saint the latter as a perpetrator of The Seven Deadly SinsFlaubert considered this his best book even than Madame Bovary or Sentimental Education This reminded me how Mark Twain considered his very odd book Joan of Arc his best bookThese authors seemed to have had a loose connection vaguely spiritual to the books that were so special to themThis book had a profound influence on Cormac McCarthy especially on Suttree and Blood Meridian The latter is one of my favorite novelsI learned this from the following book about McCarthy's workhttpswwwgoodreadscombookshow3

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