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      Bengt Jangfeldt

Axel Munthe

The Road to San Michele

"Axel Munthe: The Road to San Michele" tells for the first time the riveting life-story of an extraordinary individual, who came to define the times he lived in.The precociously bright son of a Swedish pharmacist, Axel Munthe worked under Jean Martin Charcot, and in 1880, became the youngest doctor in French history. Les mer
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"Axel Munthe: The Road to San Michele" tells for the first time the riveting life-story of an extraordinary individual, who came to define the times he lived in.The precociously bright son of a Swedish pharmacist, Axel Munthe worked under Jean Martin Charcot, and in 1880, became the youngest doctor in French history. By the 1890s, he was world-famous for his healing powers, believed by some to be supernatural. He moved in the most colourful and exalted circles of fin de siecle Europe, counting amongst his friends Henry James, Howard Carter, Rainer Maria Rilke, Lady Ottoline Morrell and Count Zeppelin. Though physician to the Swedish court, where he became the lover of the Crown Princess Victoria, Munthe was more at home with nature than with people.He travelled through remotest Lapland, as well as across Europe, and his great love was animals, whom he went to great lengths to protect. In 1929 he published "The Story of San Michele", an account of his life, shot through with his love for Italy and Capri, where he built a bird sanctuary and the house of his dreams, the Villa San Michele.
The book became an international best seller, translated into 40 languages, and has become one of the classics of the last century. Bengt Jangfeldt is the first person to have gone through Munthe's diaries, letters and notebooks to produce this definitive account of one of 20th Century Europe's most vibrant figures.Written with the verve and exuberance of its subject, "Axel Munthe: The Road to San Michele" evokes a lost time, a life of passions, and a man who believed in every sense in the power of dreams.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 400
ISBN: 9781845117207
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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List of Illustrations

ix




THE DREAM 1857-1889





Empewow of Sina

3(12)




Doctor Munthe

15(12)




Letters from Naples

27(14)




Avenue de Villiers

41(14)




The Misses from Medstugan

55(8)




The Soul of the Mountains

63(14)




Arabia

77(8)




A Semblance of Married Life

85(14)




Exile on Capri

99(20)




VICTORIA 1889-1930





Piazza di Spagna

119(16)




The Crown Princess

135(16)




The Dream of San Michele

151(14)




A Demonic Talent

165(14)




Tiberio

179(18)




Hilda

197(12)




The Queen

209(14)




Red Cross & Iron Cross

223(12)




Peace and War

235(14)




Villa Svezia

249(12)




The Story of San Michele

261(22)




DEATH 1930-1949





The Bestseller

283(22)




The Missing Chapters

305(12)




The Doctor and Death

317(12)




The War

329(12)




Nostalgia

341(12)




Post Mortem

353(4)
Acknowledgements357(2)
Abbreviations359(2)
Unpublished Sources361(8)
Selected Bibliography369(4)
Index373(10)
Picture Credits383
The precociously bright son of a Swedish pharmacist, Axel Munthe worked under Jean Martin Charcot, and in 1880, became the youngest doctor in French history. By the 1890s, he was world-famous for his healing powers, believed by some to be supernatural. This book tells his life-story.Bengt Jangfeldt is a Professor of Literature and best-selling writer in Sweden. He is the author of several books on Russian literature, and in 1998 was awarded the August (Strindberg) Prize, the Swedish equivalent of the Booker. The Swedish edition of 'Axel Munthe: The Road to San Michele' was awarded the Swedish Academy's biography prize.