Vita coaetanea / A Contemporary Life / Vida coetánea / Vida coetània

Translated and introduced by
Antonio Cortijo Ocaña | University of California at Santa Barbara
ISBN 9789027240217 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265333 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Winner of the 2018 Premio internazionale Francesco Saverio Nitti per il Mediterraneo in the category "Storia, Letteratura", awarded annually by Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples, Italy.

The Vita coaetanea (A Contemporary Life) is an autobiographical account of Ramon Llull’s life dictated by himself to a friend in 1311 when he was seventy-nine years old. In it Llull reviews his works in the context of a life dedicated to God and motivated by the desire to disseminate the message of the Christian faith among the infidels. Llull, the self-labeled troubadour of books, wrote this account in part as a self-justification of his life and work, in part as self-consolation for his unending toils and travails. It is very likely that he also had in mind the Council of Vienne (1311) which he was about to attend and where he submitted petitions dealing with the establishment of adequate places to study languages for the preaching of the Gospel to every creature and the founding of a Christian military religious order that waged permanent war against the Saracens until the Holy Land is reconquered. Llull wanted to frame these petitions within a well thought-out justificatory account of his life and works that exudes passion, commitment and love for his fellow man.

This volume contains the Latin original, as well as translations into Catalan, Spanish, and English.

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“Prof. Cortijo’s superb quatrilingual edition of Llull’s Vita coaetanea (in Latin, Catalan, Spanish, and English) brings the contemporary reader closer to the thoughts and actions of one the great forerunners of the Renaissance and even of Modernity due to his open project that embraced all the European and Mediterranean people in a mutual dialogue and an exercise of compassion. Thanks to its well documented introduction, the reader is endowed with a perfect instrument to know Llull and his life-long project: to make people from all religious, cultural, or national background participate in the greater human family while respecting their differences; and to make them participate in a common goal: to know, love, and serve God.”
“This multilingual and rigurous edition of Llull’s Vita coaetanea presents us with an accurate, detailed and updated analysis of Llull’s life and work. The Vita (which includes in this edition ex novo translations into English and Spanish by Prof. Cortijo) is a text of special interest because of the large volume of information that provides us about this philosopher that otherwise would have been lost.”
“After his magnificent trilingual edition of Llull’s Llibre de l’ordre de cavalleria (John Benjamins, 2015), Prof. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña offers us a superb version of Llull’s Vita coaetanea. In his introductory essay, he deals with numerous aspects related to Llull’s philosophical system and the historical and literary context in which to understand Llull’s vast production. This new edition of the Majorcan philosopher’s autobiography (which includes the Catalan and Latin texts of the Vita together with Cortijo’s own English and Spanish versions) is by far the best to date due to the new information it provides and its impeccable philological rigour. It stands as an example of the best Lullian scholarship.”
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