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By Bengt Jangfeldt

ISBN-10: 1845117204

ISBN-13: 9781845117207

Axel Munthe: the line to San Michele tells for the 1st time the riveting life-story of a unprecedented person, who got here to outline the days he lived in. The precociously brilliant son of a Swedish pharmacist, Axel Munthe labored lower than Jean Martin Charcot, and in 1880, grew to become the youngest medical professional in French heritage. via the Nineties, he was once world-famous for his therapeutic powers, believed by way of a few to be supernatural. He moved within the such a lot vibrant and exalted circles of fin-de-si?cle Europe, counting among his associates Henry James, Howard Carter, Rainer Maria Rilke, girl Ottoline Morrell and count number Zeppelin. notwithstanding general practitioner to the Swedish court docket, the place he grew to become the sweetheart of the Crown Princess Victoria, Munthe was once extra at domestic with nature than with humans. He travelled via remotest Lapland, in addition to throughout Europe, and his nice love used to be animals, which he went to nice lengths to guard. In 1929 he released the tale of San Michele, an account of his existence, shot via together with his love for Italy and Capri, the place he outfitted a chicken sanctuary and the home of his desires, the Villa San Michele. The e-book turned a world top vendor, translated into forty languages, and has turn into one of many classics of the final century. Bengt Jangfeldt is the 1st individual to have undergone Munthe’s diaries, letters and notebooks to supply this definitive account of 1 of twentieth Century Europe’s such a lot shiny figures. Written with the verve and enthusiasm of its topic, Axel Munthe: the line to San Michele inspires a misplaced time, a lifetime of passions, and a guy who believed in each experience within the energy of desires.

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The following day Sibbern also received a letter. It clearly contained an appeal for money, for the very next day he instructed the consul at the legation in Paris to give Axel a loan of 1,000 francs. Vedi Napoli e poi mori As late as a quarter of a century earlier, Naples had been the capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, which covered the southern half of Italy. Since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 the peninsula had consisted of a number of small states, of which the largest, after the Two Sicilies, was Sardinia – also called Savoy or Piedmont – in its north-western corner.

And yet this is why Axel has travelled to Naples – to do the best he can as a doctor to lighten people’s sorrows. ’ he writes. ‘We’ in this context may be taken as referring to the human race, which bears a collective guilt. There can be no doubt that Axel himself suffered from what could be called a feeling of ‘original guilt’. What we see in this formulation is the embryo of the ‘philosophy of duty’ that would direct much of his life, and which there will be reason to touch on several times at a later stage.

Rosina – a short form of Don Quixote’s Rosinante – had earlier been ridden from morning till night while a hail of whiplashes rained over her back. ’ She became a bitter hypochondriac and adhered to that school ‘where the broken-down old donkeys lectured upon their hopeless philosophy’. In the end she could no longer bear to carry tourists and ended up going around with Peppino’s father, selling vegetables. When Peppino’s family succumbed to the cholera, Axel took responsibility for Rosina. She was now old and worn out.

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