Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete (Illustrated and Annotated)

Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete (Illustrated and Annotated)

by Francois Rabelais

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The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel is a pentalogy of novels composed in the 16th century by Francois Rabelais, which tells of the adventures of two giants, Gargantua and his son Pantagruel. The text is written in an amusing, extravagant, and satirical vein, and features much crudity, scatological humor, and violence (lists of explicit or vulgar insults fill several chapters). The censors of the Collège de la Sorbonne stigmatized it as obscene, and in a social climate of increasing religious oppression, it was treated with suspicion, and contemporaries avoided mentioning it. According to Rabelais, the philosophy of his giant Pantagruel, "Pantagruelism", is rooted in "a certain gaiety of mind pickled in the scorn of fortuitous things".

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940151313766
Publisher: Bronson Tweed Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

François Rabelais was a major French Renaissance author, doctor, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. He has historically been regarded as a writer of fantasy, satire, the grotesque, bawdy jokes and songs. His best known work is Gargantua and Pantagruel. Because of his literary power and historical importance, Western literary critics considered him one of the great writers of world literature and among the creators of modern European writing.

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