February 28, 2012
Memoirs of a Breton Paesant by Jean-Marie Déguignet
Born in 1834, Jean-Marie Déguignet began writing his memoirs in his 60′s. Déguignet was unique not only as a literate peasant, but in his views on religion, science and the people that surrounded him, views that put him well ahead of his time. Memoirs of a Breton Peasant offers a very rare and fascinating account of an autodidact reflecting on a 19th-century rural Brittany way of life he fervently despised.
(Seven Stories Press; translation by Linda Asher)