Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom

Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom

by Stephane Gerson

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Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom by Stephane Gerson

A historical biography of Nostradamus and of a belief that we can know tomorrow and master our fears by glimpsing the future

 

Whenever we enter a new era, whenever the premises of our worldview are questioned or imperiled, Nostradamus offers certainty and solace. In 1666, guests at posh English dinner parties discussed his quatrains about the Great Fire of London. In 1942, the Jewish writer Irène Némirovsky latched her hopes for survival in Nazi-occupied France to Nostradamus’ prediction that the war would soon end. And on September 12, 2001, teenagers proclaimed on the streets of Brooklyn that “this guy, Nostradamus” had seen it coming. In his new book about this fascinating figure, Stephane Gerson takes readers on a journey through the life and after-life of Michel de Nostrademe, the Renaissance astrologer who became known as Nostradamus, the man whose Prophecies have been pored over, interpreted, and finally been transformed into The Gospel of Doom for the modern age. In moving beyond Nostradame's life to chronicle the interest in his prophecies over the ages, Gerson's book chronicles not only the man himself, but the hold his predictions still have over us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312613686
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

STEPHANE GERSON is a prize-winning cultural historian and associate professor of French Studies  at New York University. He has edited a new edition of Nostradamus's Prophecies and his work has appeared in Publishers Weekly and the Jewish Daily Forward. He lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, New York, with his family.

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