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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton was born on 20 December 1969 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is the only son of Gilbert de Botton and Jacqueline Burgauer. He has one sister named Miel. Alain spent his childhood in Switzerland, where he learned to speak French and German. In 1981, Alain and his family moved to London, where he was primarily educated. He studied history... See full bio »
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 2009 My Last Five Girlfriends (novel)
 2006 The Perfect Home (TV Mini-Series documentary) (book "The Architecture of Happiness") / (written by)
 2004 Status Anxiety (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 The Art of Travel (Documentary)
  Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (TV Mini-Series documentary) (book "The Consolations of Philosophy" - 6 episodes, 2000) (written by - 6 episodes, 2000)
- Nietzsche on Hardship (2000) ... (book "The Consolations of Philosophy") / (written by)
- Socrates on Self-Confidence (2000) ... (book "The Consolations of Philosophy") / (written by)
- Montaigne on Self-Esteem (2000) ... (book "The Consolations of Philosophy") / (written by)
- Epicurus on Happiness (2000) ... (book "The Consolations of Philosophy") / (written by)
- Schopenhauer on Love (2000) ... (book "The Consolations of Philosophy") / (written by)
 2000 How Proust Can Change Your Life (TV Movie) (book)
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I am in general a very pessimistic person with an optimistic day-to-day take on things. The bare facts of life are utterly terrifying, and yet, one can laugh. Indeed, one has to laugh precisely because of the darkness: the nervous laughter of the trenches. See more »

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His deepest literary influences include Nicholson Baker, Julian Barnes, Roland Barthes and Milan Kundera. See more »

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