Gustave Flaubert: Five Novels: Complete and Unabridged (Library of Essential Writers Series)

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Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert’s dramatic novel about the loves and liaisons of a country doctor’s wife, caused a sensation when it was first published in 1857. Although prosecuted by French censors, the novel is recognized today as a groundbreaking work of literary realism. It has become on of the most popular novels of all time, and it’s heroine, Emma Bovary, one of the best known in all literature.

In addition to Madame Bovary, this volume collects Flaubert’s four other ...

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Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert’s dramatic novel about the loves and liaisons of a country doctor’s wife, caused a sensation when it was first published in 1857. Although prosecuted by French censors, the novel is recognized today as a groundbreaking work of literary realism. It has become on of the most popular novels of all time, and it’s heroine, Emma Bovary, one of the best known in all literature.

In addition to Madame Bovary, this volume collects Flaubert’s four other novels: Salammbô, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, A Sentimental Education, and Bouvard and Pécuchet. Evocative in their descriptions and vivid in their delineation of the inner lives of their characters, these meticulously crafted stories testify to Flaubert’s genius as a literary innovator.

 
Gustave Flaubert: Five Novels is part of Barnes & Noble’s Library of Essential Writers. Each title in the series presents the finest works—complete and unabridged—from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hard-back editions. Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer’s life and works.

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Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) was born into a middle-class family and grew up in comfortable surroundings in Rouen, the town where he would spend most of his life. He began writing novels and dramas while in school, but did not become a published author until Madame Bovary appeared in 1857. Experimental and controversial, the novel initially was prosecuted by censors and its notoriety catapulted Flaubert to the front ranks of the French literary scene, where he was warmly received by Charles Baudelaire, Theophile Gautier, and other distinguished contemporaries. Over the next two decades Flaubert published the novels Salammbô (1862), Sentimental Education (1869), and The Temptation of Saint Anthony (1874), as well as the collection Three Tales (1877). His last novel, Bouvard and Pécuchet, was published posthumously in 1881. Flaubert’s letters, which contain reflections on the art of literature and writing, are considered landmarks of literary criticism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    A bargain compilation, but not without some sacrifices

    At about $12, this 1200+ page volume of Flaubert's works is definitely an impressive deal. However, I'm less than satisfied with the translation. Having initially read and studied Madame Bovary, for instance, through the Signet Classic edition (trans. Mildred Marmur), I was disappointed with the BN translation. Though the differences are subtle ('Elle n'existait plus': Signet trans='She was no more', versus the very blunt BN trans='She was dead') it nevertheless feels as if there is something lost in this edition, more so than others. I don't mean to be so picky about these minor details, but after all, what made Flaubert's novel so original and innovative was the precise prose he employed. He was especially known for spending hours to find just 'the right word'. While there would almost always be some meaning lost in translation, this BN edition did not try to go very far as to minimize such loss. What also irked me was the use of quotations to directly translate French idiomatic expressions rather than to find some suitable English equivalent (e.g., 'Mais le coup était porté' translated directly in BN as 'But 'the blow had struck home'', whereas in Signet, 'But the damage was done'). It seems to be the mark of a lazy translator who puts such phrases in actual quotation marks within the text. While a minor detail, it is somewhat distracting, as if there is some detachment from the narrative voice. Overall, I suppose this translation would be satisfactory for lighter readings of Flaubert, but for a closer analysis of the novels, try the Signet Classic or Norton editions.

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