Hugues de Montalembert was a painter and photographer when he was attacked one night in 1978 by two men in his New York City apartment. They wanted money; they took his sight. Overnight the Frenchman went blind, his eyes destroyed by paint thinner. But what might have been the end of independence and adventure was only the beginning of a new kind of remarkable for de Montalembert. Without a shred of self-pity, he tells the story of his recovery and resuming his life in this tiny book, demonstrating his tenacity and ability to see what’s possible. You’ll be inspired in about an hour.
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