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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Book Review: New Translation of "The Prince"

This is an excellent translation of The Prince by Parks, accessible and gripping without diluting Machiavelli's message one iota. His sense of this masterpiece as an essentially psychological work, one that looks at the effects of power of the mind, infuses his translation, and he never forgets its origins as a letter, as a means of conveying a message to a new ruler.

Parks shows, too, in his introduction, how amenable this text has been to both right- and left-wingers over the centuries: the right saw it as a warning about the power of the people, the left as a vindication.

link: The Prince, By Niccolo Machiavelli, trs Tim Parks - Reviews, Books - The Independent


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