By Alejandro Zambra, Carolina De Robertis
Hailed as a superb Latin American literary occasion, this stylistically leading edge, elliptically instructed story of a tender guy and his love who mysteriously disappears is, because the narrator tells us, "a basic tale that turns into complicated."
Through either the gap and closeness of those younger fanatics, Alejandro Zambra brilliantly explores the connection among paintings, love, and lifestyles. Bonsai is available but profound--as one critic in Chile's Capital newspaper placed it, "Brief as a sigh and forceful as a blow."
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Bernard in the Livre de paix, she has found these texts in Brunetto Latini’s Livres du Trésor. She has a particular fondness for Cassiodorus (to whom the De amicitia Christiana of Peter of Blois was often attributed in the fifteenth century) but never identifies Augustine as the source of a Latin quotation at the beginning of a chapter. Christine’s Latin was quite sufficient to draw both from this work and from other texts (like the commentary on the Metaphysics of Aquinas). Y et by the time she composed the Livre de paix, she was moving toward more classically focused sources of inspiration.
90 In the Livre de paix this definition is repeated by Christine but applied to discretion: “Discretion . . ”91 Prudence, or discretion, which derives from reason, is here represented by Christine as the first of the four cardinal virtues and as the mother and guide of all the virtues. 92 Aquinas’s fusion of Christianity and Aristotle, which takes over much from the earlier fusion of Platonism and Christianity found in Boethius and Augustine, forms the background to what one might call Christine’s political epistemology, her treatment of political wisdom as a branch of theology.
In this she was typical of her age. The monk of Saint-Denis, Michel Pintoin, structures much of his chronicle of Charles VI around the motif of history as the development of God’s retribution for sin. 25 d introduction intends to suggest that the Cumean sibyl stands in place of Dante, who is Christine’s inspiration. ] Her knowledge of this author’s works is manifest throughout the poem, particularly in verses 3040–66 where she paraphrases Dante’s argument that 96. Long estude 1125–38. 26 d the book of peace in order to put an end to the greed that causes war and dissension, the world needs a single universal monarch who will reign in justice.