The Coronation of Napoleon I

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If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? When Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, the magnitude of the spectacle was evident to every witness. But did it matter to, let us say, the Siberian farmer who died shortly thereafter, never hearing of the day? This story of Napoleon’s coronation blends philosophy and history to answer the most profound of existential questions. More
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About Steve Weinberg

The anxiety of the blank page. Where do I begin? I suppose at the beginning.

I was born on December 12, 1985, in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, a suburb outside of Philadelphia. I went to a diverse, public high school known as Cheltenham High School. My affinity for literature began there. I was one of those students who reads Catcher in the Rye and believes that he is living a parallel life to Holden Caulfield.

The Catcher in the Rye, though, stopped being my favorite book shortly into college. I attended Carnegie Mellon University, where I majored in English and History, and minored in Philosophy. While in college, I discovered existential literature, specifically the writings of Kafka, Camus, and Dostoevsky.

When I graduated college in 2008, one of my immediate goals was to write a novel. It bothered me that I had spent my college years adulating other writers but had not produced anything of my own. I took a trip to Israel that summer on Birthright. I recall being rather nervous on the trip, and as a way to relax my mind, I thought of ideas for a novel. After not more than a few hours of thinking, I stumbled on an idea - the existential struggles of a 21-year-old girl on a study abroad trip in France.

I took a year off after college and wrote the first draft of the novel, titled The Test. I then began law school at Temple University in 2009. Throughout my three years of law school, in addition to constant studying, I fine-tuned my novel, at last finishing it at the age of 26.

After law school, I began working at a law firm in Philadelphia. In my spare time, I researched and wrote the short story, "The Coronation of Napoleon I."

I then chose to take leave the law for some time to teach English in Israel. For the 2014-15 school year, I worked in an elementary school in Be'er Sheva, Israel, teaching the English language and American culture to Israeli schoolchildren.

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in Literature at Ben-Gurion University, in Be'er Sheva, Israel. My focus is on Modernist German Literature with an emphasis on Kafka, Law, and Humor.

I hope that I continue to publish on Smashwords, and that the next biography of me will be significantly longer than this one, more expensive, and written by someone other than myself.

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Review by: jweinberg1225 on Sep. 25, 2015 :
The Coronation of Napoleon I is a delightful snapshot of one of the most memorable days in European history. Not only does Weinberg bring this day to vivid life, he weaves in abundant history, philosophy, and humor. Several passages are simply breathtaking in their detail and emotion. Any reader will walk away with a new and more profound appreciation for Notre Dame, Paris, Napoleon, and post-revolutionary France. I encourage all readers to do themselves a favor and read this excellent short story!
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Review by: Balhawk23 on Sep. 11, 2015 :
This story is truly fantastic! Weinberg expertly weaves together history and existential philosophy into a powerful and singular novella. The themes in this book are deep and weighty, yet Weinberg also infuses his story with charming and delightful flourishes that bring his historical subject to life in vivid color. Weinberg’s writing craft is in full form here and his philosophical meditations are compelling and provocative. I can’t recommend it enough.
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Review by: Rachel Castiglione on Sep. 10, 2015 :
I really like this author. After reading his book The Test, I went on to his other book on smashwords, The Coronation of Napoleon I. Like his other book, the writing in this book is a pleasure to read. There are time when you can just read the same sentence over and over again and you get more out of it each time.

The best part about this book, though, is that it really gives you a glimpse into the world of Napoleon and the early 19th century in France. But it is more than just history. It really is philosophy the more I think about it. After reading this short story, I found myself talking about the themes with many of my friends and trying to get to the root of the questions Weinberg is asking. It is undoubtedly "food for thought"!

This is also a book for our times. I'm not sure it could have really been written before the 21st century. But paradoxically it is also a timeless question that Weinberg grapples with.

I'd highly recommend this book to any lovers of history, philosophy, or just fantastic and occasionally humorous writing.
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