“Machiavelli or the Demonic Confusion”, by Olavo de Carvalho.
First official translation into English!
“My book (The Garden of Afflictions, 1995) starts by talking about the Garden of Epicurus, the garden of delights, and ends with a discussion about the modern state, totalitarianism, genocide, and things like that. Now, how does one topic end up becoming those others? What is the guiding thread throughout all that? We start with the Garden of Epicurus, which is a place where the Greek philosopher used to meet with his disciples, usually people from the upper class who fled the word in order to meditate.”